ICCE launches Russian language video at St Petersburg anti-counterfeiting event
ICCE, the Imaging Consumables Coalition of Europe, Middle East and Africa, is launching a subtitled video to help Russian law enforcement officers in their fight against counterfeiting gangs.
The video, with Russian subtitles will be shown for the first time at a training event in St Petersburg, Russia, on Friday 5 July 2019 organised by REACT in cooperation with St Petersburg Customs and St Petersburg University of Economics.
A number of ICCE members, representing some of the largest manufacturers of printing equipment and consumables, will be at the event to support the training and video launch, and to meet representatives from Russian customs and law enforcement agencies.
An ICCE representative explains that “the purpose of the video is to raise awareness amongst the Russian law enforcement community about the dangers of counterfeit imaging supplies and how ICCE helps to fight counterfeiting in EMEA to protect consumers.”
It is estimated that the global impact of counterfeiting on the printing supplies industry is $3bn a year.
Counterfeit imaging products are not only likely to be sub-standard but they can also damage printers and potentially expose consumers to dangerous chemicals.
Counterfeits are often produced in appalling working environments and in buying these consumers may inadvertently be funding criminal groups linked to drug dealing, human trafficking and terrorism.
The training programme involves an introduction to the brands in the imaging consumables sector and their product portfolios. Practical demonstrations will explain how to tell counterfeits from genuine products so that participants have the confidence to recognise counterfeit imaging consumables during routine checks of shipments, warehouses, street sellers and retail outlets.
In 2016 the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) puts the total value of imported fake goods worldwide at $509 billion, up from $461 billion in 2013. This figure represents 2.5% of all world trade.
Formed in 1997, ICCE spearheads the fight against intellectual property theft of imaging supplies through a programme of collaboration, information gathering and knowledge sharing such as the St Petersburg event, with the aim of eradicating counterfeit consumables from the supply chain.
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