Thirty-one million counterfeit articles were seized at EU borders last year

Every year, the European Commission publishes a report describing the customs detentions of articles suspected of infringing intellectual property rights, such as trademarks, copyrights and patents.

Statistics published for year 2017 by the European Commission show that more than 31 million articles suspected of violating intellectual property rights were detained by customs authorities in European Union (EU) countries. In 2017, almost 60 000 detention cases were registered by Customs. As far as the detained articles are concerned, the value of the equivalent genuine products is estimated to be over 580 million euro.

Foodstuffs are at the top of the list of detained articles (24 %), followed by toys (11 %), cigarettes (9 %), other goods ( 9%) and clothing (7 %) . Products for daily use (i.e. body care articles, medicines, toys, electrical household goods) accounted for 43.3 % of the total number of detained articles.

China continued to be the main source country from where infringing goods were shipped to the EU but for certain product sectors other countries were the main provenance like the Republic of Moldova for alcoholic beverages, the United States for other beverages, Turkey for clothing, Hong Kong, China for mobile phones and accessories; CDs/DVDs; ink cartridges and toners and labels, tags and stickers, and India for medicines.

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