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Copenhagen Airport confiscated over 50,000 counterfeit products

Total value reached 172 million kroner

Danes are allowed to keep some fake products as long as they are for personal use (photo: iStock)
June 8th, 2016 5:04 pm| by Lucie Rychla

The Danish Customs and Tax Administration (SKAT) seized a total of 51,021 counterfeit items worth of 172 million kroner during security checks at Copenhagen Airport last year.

The confiscated fake products included everything from clothes and shoes to electronics and medicine.

Altogether, SKAT investigated 1,534 cases in 2015.

The total value of the seized items was nearly five times higher than in 2012 and 2013 combined, even though in 2012 the customs confiscated nearly 55,000 items and in 2013 they seized 42,000 items.

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Legal if bought for personal use
“We are particularly watchful when people carry many bags, t-shirts and other things. In such cases we consider looking into it,” Preben Buchholtz, the deputy president at SKAT’s department for customs, told DR.

“It is important to distinguish whether the items are for personal use or resale.”

The Danes are allowed to keep fake products as long as they are meant for personal use only and their value does not exceed 3,250 kroner.

In most cases, people who are investigated for importing counterfeit goods get a fine.