EUR 79 million worth of counterfeit toys seized in Europol-coordinated operation


Name: Operation LUDUS III 

Crime Area: Counterfeiting  

Operational phase: Beginning of October 2022 to the end of February 2023

Participating countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czechia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Mexico, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Thailand, Togo, United Kingdom.

Organisations involved: Europol, OLAF, EUIPO and World Customs Organisation


  • Total inspections carried out: more than 6 000
  • Reported to Judicial Authorities: 205 individuals
  • Reported to Administrative/Health Authorities: 298 individuals
  • Packages of toys seized: More than 19 million
  • Value of the seized goods: EUR 79 million

Europol’s contribution: Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition coordinated the operational activity and liaised with e-commerce platforms. 

For additional information, please reach out to Europol’s Press Office.