Counterfeit goods seized in EU up 15% in 2015

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Cus­toms author­i­ties across the EU seized an es­ti­mated five mil­lion more counterfeit items in 2015 than the pre­vi­ous year – an in­crease of 15% – ac­cord­ing to new fig­ures from the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion.

More than 40 mil­lion prod­ucts sus­pected of vi­o­lat­ing in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights were seized at the EU’s ex­ter­nal bor­ders, with a value of nearly €650 mil­lion.

The re­port, based on en­force­ment of In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Rights in the EU, also pro­vides fig­ures on the cat­e­gories of goods de­tained, on their coun­tries of ori­gin, on the in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights in­volved and on the modes of trans­port used to ship such goods.

Eco­nomic Af­fairs Com­mis­sioner Pierre Moscovici praised the work of Euro­pean cus­toms of­fi­cial, but said “the crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity which swamps our in­ter­nal mar­ket with fake and il­le­gal prod­ucts shows no sign of abat­ing. The Com­mis­sion will con­tinue to work with cus­toms author­i­ties, in­ter­na­tional part­ners and in­dus­try to en­sure a high level of pro­tec­tion for in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights in the EU.”

Cig­a­rettes re­main the top cat­e­gory (27%) of ar­ti­cles de­tained, while ev­ery­day prod­ucts which could be dan­ger­ous to the health and safety of con­sumers such as food and bev­er­ages, toi­letries, medicines, toys and house­hold elec­tri­cal goods ac­count jointly for 25.8% of the to­tal.

Once again, China was the main orig­i­nat­ing coun­try for counterfeit goods (41%), fol­lowed by Mon­tene­gro, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Benin.

Benin was the orig­i­nat­ing coun­try of a large amount of food­stuff, while Mex­ico was the top source for counterfeit al­co­holic bev­er­ages and Morocco for other bev­er­ages. Malaysia was in the lead for toi­letries, Turkey for cloth­ing, Hong Kong for counterfeit mo­bile phones and ac­ces­sories, mem­ory cards, com­puter equip­ment, CDs and DVDs and lighters.

Mon­tene­gro was the big­gest orig­i­na­tor of counterfeit cig­a­rettes, while In­dia topped the list for medicines. In more than 91% of de­ten­tions, goods were ei­ther de­stroyed or a court case was ini­ti­ated to de­ter­mine an in­fringe­ment in co­op­er­a­tion with the right-holder of the brand which is be­ing in­fringed.

In June 2013, new rules on IPR en­force­ment at cus­toms were adopted. This Reg­u­la­tion has been ap­pli­ca­ble across the EU since 1 Jan­uary 2015 and strength­ens the rules to pro­tect in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty.

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