EU customs detained 36 mln fake goods in 2013

EU customs detained 36 mln fake goods in 2013

EU customs detained 36 mln fake goods in 2013

The FINANCIAL -- Brussels - The commission's report highlighted a sharp increase in the number of detained articles that would be potentially dangerous to the health and safety of consumers. They accounted for a total of 25.2% articles detentions, roughly double the 12.7% in 2012. This was mainly due to an increase in the number of medicines detained, the commission said, according to Borsa Italiana.

In 92% of the cases of detentions by customs, the goods were either destroyed after the owner of the goods and the right-holder agreed on destruction, or the right-holder initiated a court case to establish the IPR infringement. In 8% of the cases, goods were released because the right-holder did not react to the notification by customs (4.9%) or they were original goods (2.9%).

In number of articles, 81% of the articles were destroyed or were subject to proceedings. However, 18.3% of the articles were released because they were original goods (9.8%) or the right-holder did not react to the notification by customs (8.5%), the commission said, according to Borsa Italiana.