Officials of the National Customs Board of the State Revenue Service (SRS), carrying out control measures at the Freeport of Riga, found a large amount of counterfeit sports shoes with the Nike trademark. Containers were brought in from China. The losses prevented for the trademark owner amounted to approximately 2.93 million euro.
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During the customs control of two containers with shoes, the SRS customs officers found that the containers had sports shoes in them. Several boxes contained shoes without a brand or name, but most shoes were sports shoes with the Nike brand, for which the signs of counterfeiting were identified. To check that the suspicions of possible counterfeit goods were justified, the representative of the Nike trademark was asked to provide an opinion.
By the opinion received last week from the authorised representative of the Nike trademark owner, the goods were recognised as counterfeit, since trademarks were specified on the shoes without the authorisation from the trademark owner. Thus, this was the infringement of intellectual property rights.
In total, 24,528 pairs of counterfeit shoes with Nike trademarks were contained in both of the containers in total. According to the information provided by the authorised representative of the Nike trademark owner, the total prevented property losses to the company Nike Innovate C.V. according to the value of original goods amounted to approximately 2.93 million euro.
This year, customs authorities have exposed already a total of 42 thousand of counterfeit Nike shoes, as this March customs officers had already found 17,472 pairs of counterfeit shoes with Nike trademarks during control measures at the Freeport of Riga CCP.