More than £1.5million worth of fake Calvin Klein pants have been seized in a crackdown on counterfeit goods in the run up to Christmas.
Border Force officers found the haul of 83,320 pairs as part a clampdown at UK ports and airports.
Items found at Southampton port included 1,440 fake Superdry hoodie tops worth around £100,000 and 450 counterfeit Dyson fans and Apple chargers worth approximately £182,500.
Elsewhere, 16,000 Gillette Mach 3 razor blades worth approximately £143,840 were seized at Heathrow Airport, and 1,530 Pandora charms worth approximately £45,900 plus 48 pairs of Nike Vapormax trainers worth about £5,760 were found at Manchester Airport.Read More
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Immigration minister Brandon Lewis said: “The international trade in counterfeits is linked to serious and organised crime and undercuts honest traders, damaging our economy.
“Customers are also left out of pocket with inferior and potentially dangerous goods.”
Sean Gigg, Border Force higher officer at Southampton Dock, said shipping crates were monitored using a large X-ray machine to check the items inside matched the manifest.
He said: “We are finding everything from counterfeit fans to counterfeit underpants, toys, cosmetics, watches, it’s anything that a counterfeiter can counterfeit.
“Naturally at Christmas we are going to see a lot more counterfeits being intercepted simply because of the supply and demand in the UK.Read More
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“To the average person it’s very important because you do not know what you are buying, you think you are buying a genuine product but it’s not really, it’s a counterfeit product that hasn’t been tested for safety standards.
“So, an electrical item you could plug in and it could set on fire for instance or it could have small movable parts that could fall off and choke a small child.”
Seized items are destroyed and the rights holders can then decide whether to privately prosecute the importers.
Border Force South director Sue Young said: “Counterfeiters will look to capitalise and cash in where there is a demand for a product.
“We urge consumers to be careful with their purchases. If the price appears too good to be true, either at a car boot sale, a market stall or online, it probably is.”