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Old 10-03-2013, 03:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Swiss Customs Authorities Impound Over 5,000 Counterfeit Watches

http://gevrilgroup.com/blog/swiss-cu...rfeit-watches/

Forgeries have been a major problem within the watch industry for hundreds of years. Unfortunately, recent advances in technology have made the problem even worse. In today’s world, it is easier than ever to make realistic copies of famous designs. Swiss watchmakers are being hit particularly hard by counterfeiting, since a flood of fake watches undermines the well-deserved reputation for innovation, perfection and expertise that the words “Swiss Made” represent.

To combat the growing counterfeiting problem, The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry has mounted an aggressive effort to identify counterfeiters and seize the fraudulent goods they produce. On September 30, 2013 the Federation announced that customs officers at Switzerland’s Zurich International Airport had impounded more than 5,000 fake watches in one of the largest postal seizures ever made in Switzerland. Between August and September 2013, customs officials impounded nearly 9,000 counterfeit items, including more than 5,000 watches. The counterfeit goods were initially shipped in a number of consignments, all originating from the same source in Greece. The fake watches were in transit to Spain and Portugal, and could have ultimately entered the American market.

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Who exactly is the "Swiss watch federation" that is doing the "seizing"?? Are they police? The military?

They never explain exactly who these people are? Citizens making arrests? I understand they are working with authorities but who are they?
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Who exactly is the "Swiss watch federation" that is doing the "seizing"?? Are they police? The military?

They never explain exactly who these people are? Citizens making arrests? I understand they are working with authorities but who are they?


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Who exactly is the "Swiss watch federation" that is doing the "seizing"?? Are they police? The military?

They never explain exactly who these people are? Citizens making arrests? I understand they are working with authorities but who are they?
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<<<The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry has mounted an aggressive effort to identify counterfeiters and seize the fraudulent goods they produce. On September 30, 2013 the Federation announced that customs officers at Switzerland’s Zurich International Airport had impounded>>>

The Federation is different then the customs officers.

My question is WHO IS the Federation?
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The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH, with its headquarters in Bienne, is the Swiss watch industry's leading trade association.

We are a private, professional, and non-profit association, currently bringing together more than 500 members representing more than 90% of all Swiss watch manufacturers (finished products, watch movements, components, etc.).

http://www.fhs.ch/en/presentation.php
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I have a friend who's husband works for customs in the US unfortunately for every one counterfeit item they confiscate they estimate 1000 get thru. It is very hard to find all the fakes coming out of china. I understand they send stuff now in parts. IE: Counterfeit bags will be sent without logos, the logos sent separately and added by the person who receives them. Watches are a little different they will send the case with the movement but there will be a sticker over the counterfeit logo. You have to remove the movement out of the case peel the sticker off and put it back, then they attach the strap or band. It just like the illegal drug trade only so much gets found sometime on purpose as a decoy so the larger shipment get past the law. Unless the Chinese actually put a stop to counterfeiting there never will be an end to it!
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<<<The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry has mounted an aggressive effort to identify counterfeiters and seize the fraudulent goods they produce. On September 30, 2013 the Federation announced that customs officers at Switzerland’s Zurich International Airport had impounded>>>

The Federation is different then the customs officers.

My question is WHO IS the Federation?
Im with you on this one James. Sounds like Switzerland's version of the Trilateral Commission with, I'm sure, Swatch in there somewhere.
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The Federation is different then the customs officers.

My question is WHO IS the Federation?
You remember, Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock were part of the Federation

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