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Customs net massive counterfeit haul

[ February 21, 2012   //   ]

The World Customs Organization and the US National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center seized tens of thousands of counterfeit and pirated goods at international mail facilities and express courier depots in 43 countries during Operation Global Hoax II in November last year. More than 30 000 parcels were detained and over 150,000 counterfeit or pirated items were seized by Customs administrations. WCO Secretary General, Kunio Mikuriya described the quantity and variety of counterfeit goods being traded across as “staggering and worrisome”. The WCO added that it would continue its ongoing dialogue with the Universal Postal Union (UPU) on the misuse of the international postal system by counterfeiting gangs.