SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, September 8 (EUROPA PRESS) –
Customs Surveillance officials of the Tax Agency and agents of the Civil Guard of the Fiscal and Border Section (UDAIFF) of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in a joint operation, detected in the ADT (Temporary Deposit Warehouse) of the automated processing center of Post a shipment containing 2,396 counterfeit commercial emblems of various high-end brands.
Due to the seizure, an investigation was carried out on a man, resident in the south of the island of Tenerife, recipient of the shipment, as the alleged perpetrator of a crime against industrial property.
The Civil Guard and the Tax Agency point out in a joint note that the emblems were subjected to a certification of falsification, estimating the average valuation of the intervened merchandise in the current market, if the usual procedure were used for original products, at 1,569,380 euros.
Thus, after proceeding with the investigation in customs offices, where the corresponding procedures were carried out by both bodies, the report was sent to the La Laguna Police Court of Investigation.
The trafficking of this type of merchandise poses a threat to consumer protection, health, safety and other public interests since it involves illicit trafficking of different counterfeit merchandise or that violate the approval standards for consumer goods in general.
In recent years, the authorities have paid special attention to these risk sectors, carrying out coordinated and joint operational actions at the national and international level and promoted by the World Customs Organization, OLAF (European Commission’s Anti-Fraud Office). ) and EUROPOL, among others.