Operation "DIABOLO"

"Operation Diabolo", a joint international customs operation of the 27 EU Member States, with the participation of Interpol, Europol and the World Customs Organization, was organised in February by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) on behalf of the European Commission.

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Nearly 135 million counterfeit branded cigarettes and 557,000 other counterfeit products like textiles, footwear, toys, furniture, suitcases and watches were seized. In cigarettes alone, the operation helped avoid potential losses of approximately 220 million euros in customs duties and taxes for the European Community and Member States' budgets.

The final results of the operation are presented on 19 April 2007 in Cologne in co-operation with the German Customs’ Investigations Service (Zollkriminalamt).

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from Interpol:

from National Services, partners of OLAF

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