Reports from Europol in July this year regarding the seizure of 122 tonnes of illegal pesticides in the EU highlight that the problem of illegal pesticides is substantial, with no sign of it abating.
Europol estimates that annual revenues associated with such illegal trade are over €4.4bn globally, while the European Directorate-General (DG) for Health and Food Safety estimates that at least 10% of the EU pesticides market is comprised of illegal products. According to the European Crop Protection Association (ECCA) and the European Crop Care Association (ECPA), this may be the tip of the iceberg.
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This article was originally published by Intellectual Property Magazine.