Customs authorities across the EU seized an estimated five million more counterfeit items in 2015 than the previous year, according to a new report released by the European Commission.

This means that the number of intercepted goods grew by 15% compared to 2014. More than 40 million products suspected of violating an intellectual property right were detained at the EU’s external borders, with a value of nearly €650 million.

The report, based on the enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in the EU, also provides figures on the categories of goods detained, on their countries of origin, on the intellectual property rights involved and on the modes of transport used to ship such goods.   

See also the press release here