Over 1,400 allegedly counterfeit Pokémon products seized by Australian authorities
“There are serious health, safety and environmental concerns over fake versions of products including children's toys, cosmetics, batteries, even safety equipment like airbags,” said Australian Border Force Superintendent Vesna Gavranich. “These items were… likely not safe for children to the degree expected by the community.”
The ABF reports that in 2023, they seized over 112,000 individual items coming into Australia, with an estimated value of $40 million AUD. Along with the Pokémon products, this major seizure included possibly counterfeit Sanrio, Barbie, and designer fashion items as well.
“Counterfeit goods impact every industry, and so this is a great detection by our officers and a timely reminder to the community," Superintendent Gavranich said.