The annual publication of the result of customs actions at the EU external borders provides an opportunity to measure the scale of customs actions to enforce IPR. The enforcement of IPR by customs is a priority for the Commission and the Member States.
Innovation and creativity are the engines of our economy. It is important to provide right-owners with the certainty that the fruits of their inventions will be protected. The competitiveness of European businesses depends on it.
Customs administrations in the Union have been known for years for their high standard of enforcement of IPR. In 2013, customs authorities opened almost 87.000 detention cases for a total of nearly 36 million articles. The domestic retail value of the detained articles represented 768 million Euros.
This report contains statistical information about the detentions made under customs procedures and includes data on the description, quantities and value of the goods, their provenance, the means of transport and the type of intellectual property right that may have been infringed. Open the attached file to read more ...