Fresh data shows European customs confiscated 2.1 million counterfeit toys in 2011 – a drop of 68 per cent.
Comparatively, 6.7 million were seized in 2010. However, this doesn’t mean more fake toys passed by undetected, nor can it prove fewer were shipped.
In 2011, counterfeit toys worth a domestic retail value of £13.8 million (€16.1 million) were seized.
The main source of origin for detained toys was China (87.91 per cent), followed by Hong Kong (10.1 per cent; up from 0.48 per cent in 2010) and Singapore (0.64 per cent).
Of the 2.1 million toys, 42,967 were seized in the UK – around two per cent.
Check ToyNews’ upcoming April 2013 issue for a more detailed breakdown.
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