Fake Container Centralen TAG5-labels have been discovered in the market. CC and its investigation agency Riscon have received many tips following the announcement that Container Centralen will be taking action on false labels. This has led to several legal proceedings. Search and seizures have taken place in the Netherlands. In addition, various investigations are on-going in other European countries. Container Centralen Benelux B.V. informs.
Most cases involve individuals or companies that have brought fake labels into the CC Pool. Buying or selling fake CC labels is intellectual property fraud, on which these parties have been charged. Some cases have been settled, in order to achieve maximum effect without compromising the safety of the persons involved. If it comes to a conviction of persons with a contract with Container Centralen, these contracts will be terminated. Some informants who have made concrete contributions to the investigations will receive a reward, as promised by Container Centralen. For information which leads to results, a reward of up to €30,000 has been made available.
Container Centralen was able to achieve these initial successes, due to the increase in scanning by users in the market and by acting jointly with market parties against false labels. “We need to continue to work together to prevent fraud on CC labels and to ultimately protect the CC pool. Container Centralen continues to take action against parties against whom sufficient evidence has been gathered regarding the production, purchase or sale of false CC TAG5s.”
Wilfully mounting a false label or offering containers with false labels is a crime. That is why Container Centralen emphasizes to their customers the importance of being aware as users of CC Containers. Please be aware if a firm wants to increase its contract quantities then this needs to be arranged through Container Centralen. This also applies for contract transfers, receiving CC assets from another party, Container Centralen needs to manage this activity to ensure a risk free transaction.
Why are fake labels a problem?
CC Containers are used jointly by all participants within the CC pool. The costs for the entire system are distributed to all members via the pool fee. The CC TAG5 shows that a pool fee has been paid for a certain container and that the trolley is therefore a legitimate part of the pool. Counterfeits of the CC TAG5 disrupt the distribution of costs and are therefore a problem to all.
Pie de foto: In January 2019 new CC-tags have been introduced (left)