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Counterfeit products flood UK market warns UK Border Agency

9 December 2011

The Government’s UK Border Agency has warned shoppers of a flood of counterfeit products coming into the UK in time for the festive season.
Counterfeit products such as toys, electronics and beauty products all pose a potential health risk due to the use of banned chemicals or unsafe electronics.

For the companies whose products are being counterfeited it poses a concern not only for their customers’ safety, but also for the damage these inferior quality and potentially dangerous products could do to their reputation.

While stopping all counterfeit goods entering the UK is impossible, a strong and structured approach can be taken. In particular, customs watches can be set up with the UK Border Agency who will seize infringing goods of which it becomes aware, preventing their access into the UK. Once confirmed as counterfeit, goods are then destroyed.

In our view failure to control the influx of counterfeit products can cause irreparable damage to a company’s reputation and, as we have all seen, can be the death of a premier brand.”

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