The Civil Guard withdraws from the market more than 150,000 counterfeit toys or that do not meet safety standards

Within the framework of Operation LUDUS, led by EUROPOL, nearly 5 million counterfeit toys worth more than 16 million euros have been intervened in the 24 participating countries

In national territory, 4,163 controls and inspections have been carried out and 1,968 administrative offenses and 40 criminal offenses have been detected

Within the framework of Operation LUDUS, led by EUROPOL with the support of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), and with the co-leadership of Spain and Romania, The Civil Guard has intensified inspections and controls against the illegal trade or distribution of counterfeit toys or toys that do not meet safety standards.

More than 4,000 actions have been carried out throughout the national territory, mainly in bazaars and wholesale warehouses, conventional roads, ports, airports and land customs precincts. As a result of these actions, more than 1,900 administrative infractions in the matter of smuggling and labeling and safety of toys and 40 criminal infractions for violation of industrial property rights have been detected, resulting in 41 people investigated.

From the actions carried out, different investigations have been initiated for possible crimes of smuggling, falsification of documents, against industrial property rights, money laundering and belonging to a criminal organization.

Outstanding actions of the Civil Guard

In Murcia, the inspections carried out by members of the Civil Guard of the Águilas Fiscal Area in five establishments in the Murcian districts of Los Dolores and Beniaján, last December, allowed the seizure of 29,683 toys with a value greater than 39,000 euros, all of them coming from China. Five people were investigated as alleged perpetrators of a crime against industrial property.
In a joint action with the Tax Agency, the Civil Guard carried out 61 inspections in Vizcaya, managing to intervene more than 26,000 counterfeit toys and laser pointers, with the total value of the intervened objects exceeding 36,000 euros. Among the crimes attributed to the regents of the inspected establishments are 2 crimes against industrial property and a total of 177 administrative offenses in the matter of smuggling, consumption, immigration and taxation.

Collaboration between the Civil Guard and the public-private sector

The Civil Guard has collaborated with different entities and organizations of the public and private sphere during the execution of the operation, highlighting the close collaboration maintained with the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (OEPM), the Association for the Defense of the Trademark (ANDEMA) and the Spanish Association of Toy Manufacturers (AEFJ).

Balance of the Ludus operation in Europe

Thanks to the actions carried out in the 24 participating countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania , Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom and United States), during this first edition of the Ludus operation, nearly 5 million counterfeit toys worth more than 16 million euros were intervened.
These toys are extremely difficult copies to distinguish from the original products and, in many cases, pose a serious risk to children's health, since they have not been subjected to safety controls. In addition, they do not usually include essential information such as age limit or instructions for use.

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