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If you were thinking of travelling to the UK with that fake Louis Vuitton, that nobody would ever guess if not the real thing, think again. 

In the past 12 months, Heathrow Airport’s Detection Team has stopped 17 million fake items coming into the United Kingdom. 

UK Border Agency officers at Heathrow Airport have bagged an award for preventing the smuggling of counterfeit goods. And that’s genuine! 

The Anti-Counterfeiting Group – a trade association set up to campaign against the worldwide trade in fake goods – presented the airport’s Detection 12 team with a Special Commendation for Excellence in Anti-Counterfeiting Enforcement at an award ceremony last week. 

The award recognises the team’s success in detecting and seizing counterfeit goods imported at the world’s largest international airport. 

The Anti-Counterfeiting Group represents the interests of numerous British and multinational companies, including electronics giant Samsung and cosmetics manufacturer Estee Lauder. 

Receiving the award on behalf of the team, Mike Burt said: 

“We are delighted to have been recognised for our efforts. We are at the forefront in detecting the widespread problem of counterfeit goods being smuggled in the UK. Our results show that we are doing this successfully. 

“The whole team have consistently worked extremely hard in contributing to the results, and I am very happy to accept the award on their behalf.” 

Philip Astle, director of the UK Border Agency’s operations at Heathrow, added: 

“This is fantastic for the team to be recognised for all their hard work and dedication. It is important for the Agency to be acknowledged for its anti-counterfeiting work, and to continue to develop a good working partnership with the Anti-Counterfeiting Group.” 

Like US and Australia, the UK takes a dim view of people arriving with counterfeit watches, bags and other goods, which can be bought for a fraction of the price of the original in the far east. 

It is also worth checking which food products are allowed into a country before you load up your luggage with your favourite delicacies.

Medicines and drugs can also land travellers in hot water, especially in the Middle East where many ‘over the counter’ remedies are banned.

Smuggling is a serious offence and could result in a hefty fine and even deportation.

Have you ever been stopped at an airport for carrying goods which you thought were harmless?

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