2008 EU Counterfeit Goods Seizures

The European Union released its 2008 Counterfeit Goods Seizures numbers. In all, 178 million counterfeit items were seized by Custom authorities in 2008, up from 79 million in 2007. 44 percent of all products seized were pirated CDs and DVDs. 23 percent were counterfeit cigarettes. 10 percent were counterfeit clothing. 54 percent of all counterfeit goods seized originated from China. However, a majority of the fake food and drinks seized came from Indonesia, and most fake medicines came from India.

New Era Brand Enforcement Spending

New Era, makers of the Official Major League Baseball caps, spends $1.5 Million a year on its anti-counterfeiting operations. In 2008, the companies was shutting down between 2,000 to 4,000 Internet auctions every week because of the sites were selling counterfeit baseball caps. In the first half of 2008, 176, 453 counterfeit caps were seized worth a street value of over $7 Million.