Increase in Counterfeit Goods Seizures in France

Customs Officials in France seized around 200,000 counterfeit items being shipped into the country in 1994.

In 2011, the number of counterfeit products seized by Customs increased to 8.3 million.

According to officials, 70 percent of the fakes originate from Asia. One-third of the orders for the fake goods were placed on the Internet.

France losses up to €6 Billion to counterfeit goods each year. Based on the exchange rate as of June 2013, the losses in US dollars is $7.9 Billion.

(See ranking of counterfeit goods by losses.)

Source:  “France destroys one million fake goods,” Channel News Asia, June 12, 2013.