By  on May 27, 2008

GENEVA — China remained the main source of counterfeit goods in the European Union last year, with almost 60 percent of all articles seized by Customs officials originating there, a report by the executive arm of the 27-nation bloc said.

The report shows that the apparel and accessories segment accounted for 61 percent of total seizures last year and included 17.7 million counterfeit articles, which represented 22 percent of total items seized, up 24 percent from 2006. Within this segment, the report shows that ready-to-wear accounted for 11,030 cases registered by Customs authorities and included the seizure of five million articles, up 16 percent on 2006, with China the source for nearly 63 percent of the items impounded. Turkey accounted for 10 percent, and Vietnam, for 4.5 percent.

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