The European Commission's statistics on the detention of fake goods by the EU's customs authorities

Publiceret 27-09-2018

The European Commission publishes yearly statistics on the detention of fake goods by the EU's customs authorities

The newest statistics show a continuation in the high number of articles suspected of violating intellectual property rights. In 2016, more than 63 000 detention cases were registered by Customs. As far as the over 41 million detained articles are concerned, the value of the equivalent genuine products is estimated to be just over 672 million euro.

Cigarettes remain at the top of the list of detained articles (24%), followed by toys (17%), foodstuff (13%) and packaging material (12%) . Products for daily use (i.e. body care articles, medicines, toys, electrical household goods) accounted for 34.2 % of the total number of detained articles.          

China continued to be the main source country from where IPR infringing goods were shipped to the EU but for certain product sectors other countries were the main provenance like Singapore for alcoholic beverages, the Islamic Republic of Iran for clothing accessories, Hong Kong, China for mobile phones and accessories, CD/DVD and vehicles including accessories and parts, and India for medicines.

The number of cases and articles detained in each country appears on page 17 of the report. The large rise in the number of cases in Denmark must be seen in connection with the increase in e-commerce. The enormous increase in the number of articles detained by the Danish customs has its explanation in one single case, where 1.000.000 articles were detained. In general, the number of articles has doubled. fordoblet.

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