During 2020 over €87 million worth of counterfeit goods were seized by the customs department. The worth of seized goods is double that seized during 2019 Malta Customs data confirms.
Malta Customs said that between 2015 and 2020, year on year, Malta Customs has improved its efficiency levels when dealing with goods infringing the intellectual property rights and managed to seize millions of counterfeit goods (a breakdown is hereby being attached).
The records reveal that the items vary from fashion goods, accessories, sports goods, mobile phones and electronics, cosmetics, pet accessories, auto parts, toys, pens, feed additives, face masks, gas cylinder seals, pharmaceuticals, and candy.
The number of items withheld by Customs since 2015 are as follows:
- 2015 – 43,961 items were seized with a value of €2,680,575
- 2016 – 694,841 items were seized with a value of €22,615,145;
- 2017 – 345,221 items were seized with a value of €35,909,680
- 2018 – 189,651 items were seized with a value of €17,152,875;
- 2019 – 1,062,250 items were seized with a value of €43,359,603
- 2020 – 998,331 items were seized with a value of €87,144,445 (up to November 2020)
In the past five years, Malta Customs seized nearly €2.7 billion worth of goods, as follows:
- Tramadol Pills – €1, 200 million (1.2 billion);
- Consignments in breach of sanctions – €927.3 million;
- Counterfeit goods – €208.9 million;
- Narcotics – €179.2 million;
- Tobacco products – €175 million;
- Cash – €2.75 million;
- Alcohol beverages – €442,000.