Macedonian Customs Seize Counterfeit Goods

Nov 24 2009 - 11:39

During regular controls at border crossings in the period between October 14 and November 9, the Macedonian customs officials seized a considerable quantity of goods believed to be counterfeit.

The goods were found during regular inspections at Macedonia’s border crossings with Bulgaria and Greece.

On October 14, 15, and 17, the officials seized 2,400 different counterfeit products, including trainers bearing the logos of Esprit, Converse, and Puma; socks and underwear bearing the logos of Adidas, Nike, Emporio Armani, Calvin Klein, Puma, and D&G; watches and wallets bearing the logos of Casio, Armani, D&G, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, and Gucci; shirts, blouses, jackets, and jeans bearing the logos of Emporio Armani, Armani Jeans, Giorgio Armani, Tommi Hilfiger, Adidas, D&G, Nike, Polo, Cavali, Gucci, and Diesel; and tops and hoodies bearing the logo of G. Armani.

On October 21, the customs officials seized 55 counterfeit tops bearing the logos of Armani, Dolce&Gabbana, and Puma, while on 26 October a total of 24,000 clothing labels bearing the logos of Nike, Levi’s, and Diesel were seized.

On November 2, 2,200 blouses bearing the marks of Esprit, Timberland, and Benetton were seized, while on November 4, the officials seized 3,737 socks and blouses bearing the logos of Puma, Nike, Adidas, and Armani and 13,750 single-use razors bearing the mark of Gillette Blue 2 Plus. In the week of November 2-9, the customs officials also seized 240 women bags bearing the logo of Gucci under suspicion that they are counterfeit.

The goods, which were found in trucks with Macedonian, Turkish, and Bulgarian license plates, originate in China and Turkey and were intended for the Macedonian and Kosovo markets.

For more information, please contact Aleksandra Noveska at our Macedonia office.

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