Counterfeiting & Seizures

Wilhemshaven: Customs officials seize fake soft drinks

German customs officials seized thousands of counterfeit drinks bottles destined for import into the EU. The bottles showed obvious defects and the ingredients of the drinks were unknown.

Customs seizes fake soft drinks

At the Wilhelmshaven container terminal, customs officials stopped thousands of counterfeit soft drinks that violated the rights of well-known drinks brands. As the authorities recently announced, the seizure took place in mid-June and the bottles seized and their contents have since been destroyed at the beginning of September.

Accordingly, the counterfeits originated in the Middle East and were registered for import into the EU. However, during the inspection of the 450 or so drinks crates, the goods raised the suspicions of customs officials: According to the authorities, the bottles were dirty and, in some cases, not completely sealed giving rise to the impression of an inferior production standard. The goods were seized and the brand rights owner consulted by customs finally confirmed the suspicion of counterfeiting. "The drinks bottles were clearly in a very poor condition and the soft drink ingredients were unknown. Such food products must be withdrawn from the market", says Frank Mauritz, spokesperson for the main customs office in Oldenburg.



Oldenburg main customs office

Article produced in cooperation with Anti-Piracy Analyst, October 2021 issue


Sabine Carrell, International Communications Manager at SCRIBOS

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