60,000 bottles of counterfeit perfume seized at Dublin Port

Customs officer advises consumers that fake perfumes could contain "any amount of chemicals"



30 November 2015

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In the largest seizure of counterfeit goods in the history of the State, customs officers last week seized 30 tonnes of fake perfume at Dublin Port.

Following a routine customs examination, officers found around 60,000 bottles of aftershave and perfume.

Customs officer Mick O’Hanlon told RTÉ that the value of these goods could be worth more than €8 million with a potential loss to the Exchequer of €1.8 million.

Fake versions of perfumes from designers such as Chanel and Abercrombie and Fitch were discovered.

O’Hanlon warned consumers of the dangers of purchasing such goods, stating: “If you’re buying fake, pirated or counterfeit goods, you run the risk – obviously they don’t have manufacturing standards, they don’t have health and safety certificates and nobody knows what’s in them. They could contain anything – any amount of chemicals.”

His advice to shoppers was to purchase perfumes from reputable stores, check packaging and bear in mind that if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.



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