Koltsovo airport customs withdraw 500 pairs of counterfeited footwear

7 May 2007 (08:18)

Officers of Koltsovo airport (Yekaterinburg) disclosed an instance of illegal use of registered trademarks while handling a large shipment of footwear imported from the United Arab Emirates, says the spokesperson for Ural Customs Administration. 500 pairs of Adidas, Nike, and Reebok sneakers turned out to be some Chinese fakes. The firm that the sneakers belonged to was unable to produce the obligatory licensing agreements, which means their goods were not authentic. As it is illegal to sell counterfeited produce in Russia, the trademark offender will have to undergo two administrative trials; the customs authorities are now busy estimating the cost of the footwear (which, as a matter of fact, must be done away with).

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