THE EUROPEAN Commission says that in 2001, 95 million counterfeit or pirated goods worth Euro 2 billion were intercepted at EU external borders, up 900 per cent on 1998. Brussels said that there had been customs improvements, but "it is becoming more and more difficult to establish the real origin of counterfeit and pirated goods." with air transport the preferred route. Fake CDs (audio, games, software), DVDs and cassettes were the fastest-growing: 40 million plus items in 2001, up 15,330 per cent on 1999.

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