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Press Release: Nearly 2 million fake items seized by Customs during Q1 – 2021

During the first three months of 2021, the Customs Department has intercepted and seized 10 containers carrying merchandise which was in breach of intellectual property rights.
 
The total number of seized items amounts to nearly 2 million items and includes clothing, footwear, apparel accessories, electronics, mobile phone accessories, toys, tootpaste, bearings and blades (as shown in the subjoined table).
 
In 2020 (January – December), the Customs Department has intercepted and seized 44 containers, carrying 780, 962 items (as shown in second table below). This means that, so far this year, in just 10 containers, the number of items seized, has more than doubled over 2020.
 
In the past years, the Customs Department has invested €2 million, in analytical tools, so that, with advanced and sophisticated technology, it will be in a position to make the necessary profiling and supervisions, and a further €3 million, in two robust mobile scanners operating with different systems for monitoring activity in our ports. By way of these investments, the Customs Department was successful in raising and updating the risk profiles, in respect of merchandise entering Malta or transiting through Malta, with the least impact possible on legitimate trade.
 
The risk profiles are the basis of an effective customs risk management engine, which enhances scrutiny related to cross-border crimes.
 
I.P.R. STATISTICS - 2021 SEIZURES
 
                               10 CONTAINERS
CLOTHING
549,950
FOOTWEAR
182,226
APPAREL ACCESSORIES
1,440
ELECTRONICS
5,070
MOBILE ACCESSORIES
768,046
TOYS
28
TOOTHPASTE
223,872
BEARINGS
35,255
BLADES
131,700
TOTAL
1,897,587
 
 
 
 
I.P.R. STATISTICS - 2020 SEIZURES
 
     44 CONTAINERS
CLOTHING
102,140
BAGS
6,808
FOOTWEAR
457,600
APPAREL ACCESSORIES
16,500
DEODORANTS
46,032
ELECTRONICS
3,596
MOBILE ACCESSORIES
142,200
CLOTHING
1,341
FOOTWEAR
713
MOBILE PHONES / ACCESSORIES
25
WRIST WATCHES / ACCESSORIES
62
BAGS
156
PENS
1
APPAREL ACCESSORIES
174
CAR EMBLEMS
118
FACE MASKS
2,566
GAME CONTROLLERS
94
ELECTRONICS
134
TOYS
702
TOTAL
780,962