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The Illicit Trade & Counterfeits Newsletter:


Over 900,000 counterfeit goods seized in 2020, DHS seeing increase in counterfeit products sold in WA during pandemic, 3M and US marshals confiscate more then 1M counterfeit N95 mask, Fake COVID-19 Vaccines in Africa & Dubai nabs fake shipment of Unilever's Vaseline


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Customs officials in the UAE seized 923,724 counterfeit goods at the country’s entry points in 2020, authorities have announced. The Intellectual Property Rights Report for the year 2020, which was issued recently by the Federal Customs Authority, said that the counterfeit items were identified in 41 seizures. Read More



the Department of Homeland Security has seen an increase since the pandemic began in counterfeit goods being smuggled into Washington and sold.

Robert Hammer, special agent in charge for the Department of Homeland Security Investigations’ Pacific Northwest division, says counterfeiters are exploiting the pandemic-induced supply chain disruptions to fill the market with illegitimate goods. Read More




3M said Thursday that U.S. marshals have seized more than 1 million counterfeit versions of its N95 respirators from a warehouse in Lexington, Ky.


The U.S. District Court in eastern Kentucky granted3Ma temporary restraining order, stopping Old World Timber from selling counterfeit products. 3M said it then worked with the U.S. Marshals Service to seize more than 1 million respirators. Read More



On a morning last November, officers from customs and an organized crime unit, backed by two K9 units, raided a small warehouse in an industrial park and seized an alarming new contraband: fake Covid-19 vaccines.

Inside, authorities found around 2,400 doses of illicit vaccine in 400 ampuls hidden in plastic containers in a refrigerator, according to police officials. Counterfeit 3M-branded N95 masks worth almost $450,000 were discovered in a warehouse next door. Read More



Customs in Dubai have intercepted a shipment of 17,280 counterfeit packs of Unilever's big-selling petroleum jelly product Vaseline, with an estimated Dh 400,000 ($109,000).

The seizure was made with the assistance of Dubai Customs' IPR department, which said to be the first department of its kind in the Middle East. Read More




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