Damage to the economy and a risk to health
Louisville, USA, February 2021: Customs and Border Protection seized a shipment of 1,570 counterfeit luxury goods Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Mickey Mouse. The estimated total price of the corresponding genuine goods would be over $821,000! Customs authorities repeatedly report such alarming figures of confiscated counterfeits. Officials also regularly catch out brand and product pirates in Germany; a recent discovery by the Wetzlar Customs Office is alarming evidence that counterfeit products not only cause enormous economic damage but, in the worst case, also pose a risk to health: Two consignments with a total of 140,000 FFP2 masks and medical face masks were seized. Customs officials’ doubts about the proper labelling and conformity with the certificates presented, and thus ultimately the , were quickly confirmed. The FFP2 masks have been classified as a ‘dangerous product’ due to their too high permeability!