The mobile team of Samara Customs (Russia) found 23,000 counterfeit spare parts for cars, production equipment, lifting and materials handling components in a truck. A truck with illegal cargo was stopped near the village of Bolshaya Chernigovka, Samara Region. As a result of customs inspection, spare parts with various trademarks were found in the cargo compartment of the vehicle, including WEBER fuel pump engines, BOSCH and SIEMENS fuel pumps, ATS electric fuel pumps and SKF bearings.
Information about the violation of the companies’ exclusive rights was confirmed during the interaction of customs officers with representatives of the right holders. According to preliminary estimates, the damage to copyright holders exceeds 35 million rubles (450,000 USD).
In addition, the brand copyright holders noted that the spare parts are not safe, since the country of origin, manufacturer, production date, technical and operational characteristics are missing. On this fact, the issue of initiating a criminal case was executed under Art. 180 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (illegal use of someone else’s trademark, if this act has been committed repeatedly or caused major damage).
Customs in China detained counterfeit SKF bearing on 30 January
Recently, Shanghai Old port area Customs confiscated 1,000 counterfeit bearings of SKF trademark. The Customs has detained the relevant goods and started an investigation, after SKF confirmed that the product violates the exclusive right to the trademark.
The port of Shanghai is the most important transportation hub in China. In addition to the world’s largest seaport there is also an airport and different land transport routes, which sellers and carriers of counterfeit goods try to use to transfer the products out of country.