Worker throws contraband cigarettes into a shredder at the JTI Bucharest's headquarters.
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China and Hong Kong are overwhelmingly the largest shipment centers for fake goods sold around the world, in a growing, complex battle against sophisticated counterfeiters, Europe's police agency said Thursday.With the rising use of cargo rail links between China and Europe, there are also concerns that criminal networks may begin to seize on what can be a cheaper or faster alternative for transporting goods than container shipping or air links.The top category of fake goods seized at the EU's borders in 2015 was cigarettes – accounting for some 27 percent of some 88,000 cases investigated by customs officials.Sales of fake clothing and shoes amounted to more than 26 billion euros in lost sales of legitimate goods in Europe, or 9.7 percent of total revenues, causing an estimated 363,000 job losses in this "mirror economy," the report said.
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