IRA Running a Counterfeit Vodka Operations

Customs officials in Ireland broke up a counterfeit vodka operation that was managed by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) that is estimated to have been a multimillion euro moonshine operation. In a raid by Custom agents, nearly 1110,000 bottles caps, 400,000 fake labels of popular vodka brands, 500 cardboard boxes and a bottling plant was… Continue reading IRA Running a Counterfeit Vodka Operations

Counterfeit Goods Market Value in India

According to the International Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the sales of counterfeits and smuggling of fake goods into India caused sales losses of $11.9 Billion in 2012. This amount represented 21.7 percent of sales losses to companies. Some of the consumer sectors that are impacted by… Continue reading Counterfeit Goods Market Value in India

Counterfeit Goods Cases in Vietnam in 2014

Security officers in Vietnam reported that its agencies investigated over 25,000 cases of counterfeit goods entering the country in the first 4 months of 2014. According to officials, up to 80 percent of the counterfeit goods sold in Vietnam originates from China. On average, enforcement agents with the Ministry of Industry and Trade investigate 90,000… Continue reading Counterfeit Goods Cases in Vietnam in 2014

Global Raids Against Counterfeit Food

In Febraury 2014, Interpol and Europol reported on global raids conducted against producers and sellers of counterfeit foods. In total, over 1,200 tonnes of counterfeit and substandard food and nearly 430,000 liters of counterfeit beverages were seized across 33 countries. 96 people were arrested by various criminal justice programs during the investigation. Highlights of the… Continue reading Global Raids Against Counterfeit Food

Counterfeit Whiskey Sales in Russia in 2013

Criminal justice programs in Russia reported that sales of counterfeit whiskey in the country may have been worth $230 Million (8 Billion Rubles) in 2013. Based on sales and import tracking data, the State Statistics Service in Russia reported that retailers sold 9.9 million more liters of whiskey than officially imported. Officials believe that this figure… Continue reading Counterfeit Whiskey Sales in Russia in 2013

Fake Vodka in Sheffield

In the English city of Sheffield, security officers and public health programs are seeing an increase in illegal bottles of counterfeit alcohol. In the 2011 to 2012 fiscal year, officials in the city seized 554 bottles of counterfeit alcohol. In the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the number of fake bottles seized increased to 1,470. Halfway through… Continue reading Fake Vodka in Sheffield

Items with Counterfeit Made in Italy Labels Seized

In 2012, government security services in Italy seized 28,000 tons of counterfeit food labels or adulterated products that was falsely labeled during the year. The counterfeit foods seized were worth $684 Million (€500 Million). 47 percent of the counterfeit labels involved Italian wine products. 4.6 tons of fake foods involved canned tomatoes, which were falsely… Continue reading Items with Counterfeit Made in Italy Labels Seized

Illegal Alcohol Deaths in Russia in 2010

It was previously reported that up to 42,000 people were dying in Russia each year due to consuming counterfeit alcohol and other illegally made alcohol. After increase monitoring and enforcement by Russian security services, the number of deaths dropped to around 12,000 in 2010. In an example of the smuggling, one man stopped in 2013… Continue reading Illegal Alcohol Deaths in Russia in 2010

Counterfeit Wine Worldwide

Wine industry experts estimate that up to 20 percent of all wine bottles sold worldwide are counterfeits. Previously, it was reported back in 2010 that 5 percent of wine bottles sold were fake. In court documents rleased in the United Kingdom, it was reported that wine connoissuers in Britain paid up to $11,148 (£7,000) for… Continue reading Counterfeit Wine Worldwide

Counterfeiting Cases Investigated by China in First 7 Months of 2013

In the first 7 months of 2013, police in China conducted over 19,000 anti-counterfeiting cases throughout the country. The Ministry of Public Security reported that the counterfeit products seized and destroyed by the Chinese security service included: Over 5,000 tonnes of counterfeit food and beverages. Two billion counterfeit drugs and tablets. Over 3,100 tonnes of… Continue reading Counterfeiting Cases Investigated by China in First 7 Months of 2013