Information and public relations

The APM is always available as a contact partner on the subject of product and brand piracy.

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High season for counterfeiters – Criminals unfortunately do good business again on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

New study on the occasion of World Anti-Counterfeiting Day: Uncertainty about counterfeit products among European consumers is high.

German customs statistics for 2022: Counterfeit products are widely distributed online.

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Aktionskreis gegen
Produkt- und Markenpiraterie e. V. (APM)
Gertraudenstraße 20
D-10178 Berlin


Every year, counterfeit goods worth approximately 120 billion euros are imported into the EU. One in ten Europeans has unintentionally acquired a counterfeit at least once in the last 12 months, one third is unsure at least. You can find more facts and figures in our Facts & Figures section:

More information:
Factsheet on product and brand piracy (PDF)

APM travelling exhibition

The APM travelling exhibition “Schöner Schein – Dunkler Schatten” (Nice Appearance – Dark Shadows) contrasts original products and counterfeits, thus informing consumers on the subject of product and brand piracy. If you are interested in our traveling exhibition, please contact us.

Press images

Customs authorities in the EU have recently classified more than 40 percent of counterfeits as potentially dangerous. However, it is often difficult for consumers to detect counterfeits. Here you will find visual material to illustrate the problems with counterfeit products.