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25 September 2013 - Media release

First INTERPOL training in China major step forward in global effort to combat trafficking in illicit goods

HANGZHOU, China – Enhancing the knowledge and skills of police, increased information exchange and improving cooperation to better target the organized crime networks behind illicit trade is the focus of the first INTERPOL training session being held in China.

The INTERPOL Trafficking in Illicit Goods and Counterfeiting Capacity Building Seminar, organized with the support of the Chinese Ministry of Public Security brings together some 120 police investigators from across China, including the China State Tobacco Administration and China, Hong Kong and Macao Customs to identify how authorities in the region can work more closely to combat all types of transnational and organized illicit trade.

In his opening remarks, Xue Dongzheng, Deputy Director General of the International Cooperation Department, Chinese Ministry of Public Security, encouraged participants to enhance collaboration by sharing best practices and the profiles of criminals involved in trafficking in illicit goods and counterfeiting. Mr Xue said the four-day event would enable delegates to discuss crime trends and the strategies which need to be implemented to tackle them.

“China has realized substantial achievements in the fight against this crime, with recent results counting many thousands of arrests. Extensive cooperation with INTERPOL and its member countries contributes to our success and enables us all to achieve even greater results in cracking down on the criminal networks behind this crime,” he concluded.

In May and June, INTERPOL held its first ever operation targeting illicit trade in Asia, which led to the dismantling in China of a logistics chain distributing fake shampoo and toothpaste from 21 production sites, and of an organized crime network connected to 10 illicit factories producing fake shavers where nearly seven million counterfeits worth USD 41 million were recovered. A second organized crime network involved in the production of fake cooking oil in five provinces was also broken up, leading to the arrest of 42 people and 56 sites shut down.

Assistant Director of INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Illicit Goods and Counterfeiting unit, Michael Ellis said: “This first seminar hosted by China is an important opportunity for INTERPOL to learn from the experience of both China and the region.

“With representatives from the Middle East also taking part, their input will also facilitate the transfer of knowledge between different parts of the world so that we can develop effective solutions to the global problem of trafficking in illicit goods,” added Mr Ellis.

The four-day course (24-27 September) course includes case studies and presentations by public and private sector experts in the fields of counterfeiting and trafficking in illicit goods. Exercises from the online International IP Crime Investigators College have been incorporated into the training to better equip investigators with tools to protect the public and dismantle the illegal networks behind illicit trade.

To further enhance global efforts against trafficking in illicit goods and counterfeiting, INTERPOL is co-hosting the 7th International Law Enforcement IP Crime Conference with the An Garda Síochána, in partnership with Underwriters Laboratories, from 15-17 October in Dublin, Ireland. The annual conference brings together police, customs, regulatory agencies, private sector IP crime investigators and prosecutors to share and develop best practices to combat counterfeiting and piracy crimes.