Bulgarian customs seize 45,000 pairs of socks and 3,000 keychains with trademarks of famous brands
The customs officials at Kapitan Andreevo have seized 44,932 pairs of socks and 2,842 keychains suspected of infringing intellectual property rights of world-renowned brands on two separate occasions, said the press office of the Customs Agency.
In one case, the goods were found between 398 sacks in a truck with a Ukrainian registration entering the country from Turkey. On 08.09.2018, during a customs check, the officers discovered that part of the goods in a groupage cargo bore trademarks. They found 44,932 pairs of men’s and children's socks bearing the labels of Lacoste, Armani, Ferrari, Calvin Klein, Pierre Cardin.
In another case, on 12.09.2018, when checking a Bulgarian truck coming from Turkey, the officers found among the regularly declared goods, 2,842 keychains with fake trademarks of 14 brands, including BMW, Renault, Skoda, Ford, Fiat, Mercedes, Audi. There were also 41 clothing items (trousers and blouses) with Guess and Esprit trademarks and 32 pairs of fake Gucci shoes.
Under the EU Regulation 608/2013 concerning customs enforcement of intellectual property rights and the Trademarks and Geographical Indications Act, the counterfeit goods were detained and the trademark owners will be notified.