Bulgarian customs officers prevent attempt for smuggling of counterfeit consumables for HP printers


Bulgarian customs officers successfully prevented attempt for smuggling of counterfeit consumables for Hewlett-Packard (HP) printers, the company said.
With the support of HP local authorities seized more than 500 illegal products before their distribution in stores in the country. In Southeastern Europe since the beginning of this year were seized more than 15,000 counterfeit printing supplies and components for HP printers.
In July 2010 local authorities stopped shipment of counterfeit consumables for printing in coastal Burgas. 200 cardboard boxes, 50 fake stickers of HP and nearly 230 empty toner cartridges for laser printers were confiscated. The consignment contained false guidelines for use of HP supplies, which were also confiscated.
Officials of Burgas Customs Office have found the illegal goods in one common package with several other products of dubious origin, which the Bulgarian company attempted to import from China. All goods were confiscated immediately, and then sent in a warehouse of the Customs for storage. There, an expert from HP from the Anti-Counterfeit - ACF unit has inspected the goods and the company has certified their contraband origin.
Hewlett-Packard estimated the decisive action taken by the Bulgarian customs officers. In order to prevent attempts to distribute counterfeit supplies, HP has established close cooperation with relevant authorities in the region.