The EU Commission published its annual report on customs enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) on 14 July. This report breaks down seizures by origin and product groups. The number of shipments stopped almost doubled from last year to 103 million. One of the major trends this year is the growing number of detentions of postal packages.
Shipments from China continues to be the main source of IPR infringements, accounting for approximately 80% of all seizures.
Intellectual property is currently a key focus of customs policy in both preventing IPR violations and subjecting royalty and licence fees to customs duties. If you would like more information on the interaction between customs compliance and intellectual property issues then please contact us.