• Service: Tax, Global Indirect Tax
  • Type: Regulatory update
  • Date: 8/1/2014

EU - Customs report on “fake goods” seizures in 2013  

August 1: The European Commission this week issued a report concerning actions by EU Customs authorities in response to suspected violations of intellectual property rights (IPR) in 2013.

The EC report states that Customs authorities intercepted and detained at the EU external borders approximately 36 million “fake goods” in 2013. Among the top items were:

  • Clothing (12% of all articles detained)
  • Medicines (10%)

The EC reported that China continues being the main source of fake products with 66% of all products detained coming from China and 13% coming from Hong Kong.

Other countries were the top source for specific product categories, such as Turkey for perfumes and cosmetics, and Egypt for foodstuffs.

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