EU - Customs in 2012 detains “fake goods” to protect intellectual property rights 

August 5: EU Customs detained almost 40 million products suspected of violating intellectual property rights (IPR) in 2012, according to the European Commission's annual report on customs actions to enforce IPR.

Today’s EC report noted that while the amount of detained protects is less than the 2011 figure, the value of the intercepted goods is still high—at nearly €1 billion.


Today’s report also provides statistics on the type, provenance and transport method of counterfeit products detained at the EU's external borders.


  • Cigarettes accounted for a large number of interceptions (31%).
  • Miscellaneous goods (e.g., bottles, lamps, glue, batteries, washing powder) were the next largest category (12%)
  • Packaging materials came next (10%).

Postal and courier packages accounted for around 70% of customs interventions in 2012, with 23% of the detentions in postal traffic concerning medicines.

Originating countries

In terms of where the fake goods were coming from, China continued to be the main source.


Other countries were the top source for specific product categories:


  • Morocco for foodstuffs
  • Hong Kong for CD/DVDs and other tobacco products (mainly electronic cigarettes and liquid fillings for them)
  • Bulgaria for packaging materials



For more information, contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice:


Douglas Zuvich

(312) 665-1022


Andrew Siciliano

(631) 425-6057


John L. McLoughlin

(267) 256-2614


Todd R. Smith

(949) 885-5617


Luis A. Abad

(212) 954-3094


Amie Ahanchian

(202) 533-3247


Or your local KPMG Trade & Customs professional.




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