Bulgaria: Imports of fake goods seem to be doubling this year

Written by on September 18, 2017 in Bulgaria - Comments Off on Bulgaria: Imports of fake goods seem to be doubling this year

The Bulgarian Customs Agency says that imports of fake goods is increasing drastically.

On Bulgarian National Television (BNT), Customs Agency spokesperson Tamara Vlaikova said that the development had to do with “an increased demand for cheaper goods”.

Large quantities of fake fashion products, including clothing and shoes, but also perfumes and other contraband, were seized at Bulgarian border crossings during the first six months of 2017.

Increasingly, fake goods are being mixed with real ones. Vlaikova said that a delivery of this kind for Ukraine, which had been shipped across the Turkish-Bulgarian border, had been seized in the northern Bulgarian city of Rousse a few days ago.

At this stage it looks like imports of faked goods into Bulgaria might double this year. From January to June, 268 cases were registered, while more than 600 000 items were seized. In comparison, a total of 635 000 items had been seized in the entire year of 2016.

In most cases, the contraband is being imported through the Kapitan Andreevo and Lesovo border crossings in the south, as well as through the airports in Sofia and Varna.

 

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