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1. Posted by Butiknasira (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hai, i am going to go to europe for 3 weeks and will go to germany netherlands belgia paris swiss and going to go home from italia. I have a plan to use my fake branded bag that i bought from my country and i will be bring one .. I ever saw the news that who wear fake will be fined? Especially when you caught at airpot. My first airpot is frankfurt and going back home from venice.

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Sep-2019, 01:15 GMT by Butiknasira ]

2. Posted by oldie (Budding Member 18 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

No that is not true. If that was the case every second person would be in trouble. You will be ok. Cheers

3. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1617 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

We had a thread about this a couple of years ago. Here it is. See post #6 from Peter - apparently it can be a problem. The advice is either to accept that you might be fined or leave the fake at home and use a different bag.

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4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3348 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I'm afraid oldie is incorrect.

All the countries you are visiting, except Switzerland, are part of the EU. Switzerland abides by many of EU regulations and, as far as I am aware, it abides by all EU Customs regulations.

In simplified form, it is illegal to buy pirated or counterfeited goods in the EU or to purchase them online from within the EU. Regulations about counterfeit goods are primarily aimed at EU sellers, importers and exporters rather than individuals but there have been cases where people have been fined for buying counterfeits from street-sellers *and* where bags etc have been confiscated at airports on exit from EU countries.

The chances of you having problems depend on whether the country concerned is having a crackdown on counterfeit goods when you visit. But it will be very difficult.....and probably impossible... for you to prove that you did not buy your fake bag from within the EU, especially when you leave for home.

So either take a different bag or accept that there is a risk you may encounter problems.


[ Edit: Edited on 08-Sep-2019, 07:05 GMT by leics2 ]

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 3599 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Take a different bag with you. If you need to impress someone with a "branded bag" buy a genuine one!

6. Posted by littlesam1 (Budding Member 104 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I never knew this law existed. Good to know though.

7. Posted by Ils1976 (Respected Member 156 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

if you happen to be at the airport in Belgium and they see that the bag is fake, it could be possible that you get fined ... my advice, travel by public transport one you arrive in Frankfurt ... from there there are loads of possibilities to avoid the airport ... getting home is another issue of course!

8. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

It's best not to rely on a fake/copy bag when travelling.

9. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1781 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

It is not worth the worry. You may or may not get caught or fined. Why worry; leave the bag at home and take another one. Buy a cheapie for travel if you must but don't take a pirated bag. Just not worth it.

Enjoy your trip.

10. Posted by rachel_branco (Budding Member 15 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quoting littlesam1

I never knew this law existed. Good to know though.

Me neither! I've been to Europe twice now and I had no idea such thing existed. I guess I don't have any fake goods (not that I recall), but it's a VERY common situation in Brazil. They are sold everywhere. So it's good to know as I'll inform others

I wonder how they are able to tell the difference and find it out, though...

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Sep-2019, 14:45 GMT by rachel_branco ]