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Over EUR760 million worth of product seized by EU customs authorities in 2013

22 August 2014. Published by David Cran, Partner

According to the "Report on EU customs enforcement of intellectual property rights – Results at the EU border 2013", customs authorities in 2013 opened approximately 87,000 detention cases in respect of 36 million articles, accounting for a domestic retail value of more than €760 million.

This represents a slight decline from the previous year, during which there were approximately 90,000 detention cases.

It is interesting to note that: 

  • 66% of the products originated from China, comprising mobile phones, memory cards, ink cartridges and electrical household appliances.
  • The most prevalent product category remains clothing (accounting for 12% of all detained articles) with medicines (10%), cigarettes (9%), and toys (8%) all high on the list.
  • Only 2.9% of the products were released because they were in fact original goods.

The report also says that an increase in e-commerce has resulted in a greater number of small consignments entering the market through postal and courier traffic (concerning sport shoes, personal accessories like bags and wallets, clothing, sunglasses and watches); such cases now account for 72% of all detentions, up from 40% in 2009.

Please click here to access the full report.

For more information about the report or any other anti-counterfeiting or anti-piracy related issue, please contact David Cran (david.cran@rpc.co.uk)or Ben Mark (ben.mark@rpc.co.uk)