Monthly Archives: April 2014

Cuba accuses UK of being anti-capitalist over plain packaging plans

From: The Telegraph

By Keith Perry, and John Bingham

Cuba has accused Britain of being anti-capitalist and threatening free trade with its plans introduce plain packaging on cigarettes and cigars.

The Communist country has complained to the World Trade Organisation over the UK Government plans to ban branding on smoking products to try and encourage people to give up the addictive habit.

This came as Tory MP Priti Patel wrote in the Asian Trader arguing that uncertainty surrounding the regulations and timescale is “causing considerable anxiety to newsagents and independent retailers”.

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Kenya: Anti-counterfeit officers seize Sh18 million counterfeit goods at the port

From: The Star

THE Kenya Anti-Counterfeit Agency has impounded a Sh18.7 million counterfeit cigarettes consignment at the port of Mombasa.

Mombasa ACA officers yesterday seized the 20-foot container with goods imported from India by a Sudanese company – Diesel General Trading Company Ltd.

The agency’s county inspector Ibrahim Bulle, who led the seizure and verification at the port’s G-section, said the container was carrying three million sticks of counterfeit cigarettes.

“The container had 375 cartons and each carton contains 10,000 sticks of cigarettes. The goods are a counterfeit of ‘Bringi cigarettes’ whose rights belong to Haggar cigarettes and Tobacco Factory Ltd based in Khartoum, Sudan,” he said.

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Vietnam could become the next big counterfeiter


Fake product makers in China are chasing cheaper labor and leaner oversight from European and US importers all the way to Vietnam, said Phan Minh Nhut, brand protection manager for Nike, during the a conference on intellectual property rights held in Hanoi on Tuesday.

Nguyen Thanh Hong, from the Department of the Intellectual Property under the Ministry of Science and Technology, Vietnam’s counterfeit goods’ operation is equal to one-sixtieth, or one-seventieth of China’s.

“Without drastic measures to combat fake products, Vietnam could become a big counterfeit goods producer in a near future,” he said adding that many handicraft villages specializing in counterfeiting have cropped up as farmland continues to disappear. 

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Pakistan: Food, Tobacco & Drug Industries threatened by IPR violations


ISLAMABAD: While the theme of the world IP day this year is “Movies – A global passion”, innumerous industries are under threat from intellectual property rights (IPR) violations against them.

According to a press statement, food, tobacco and drug industries are some of the worst affectees of this heinous crime.

“If that is the case in the developed countries imagine what the counterfeit cigarettes would contain in countries like Pakistan”

The IPR violations in case of non-food items have an adverse impact on government and industry revenues. However in case of food, tobacco and drug related industries, counterfeiting can also result in far more worse consequences.

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Smuggled cigarettes destroyed in China

From: Xinhua

China’s customs and tobacco authorities destroyed 375,890 cartons of smuggled cigarettes worth 22 million yuan ($3.6 million) in Zhanjiang City in south China’s Guangdong Province on Tuesday.

The cigarettes involved more than 30 brands including Marlboro, 555, and Double Happiness. They were shredded before transported to a local power plant to be used as burning material.

Officials said the destruction illustrated China’s firm stance in abiding by the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. It also showed the country’s achievements in cracking down on the illegal trade of tobacco.

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