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News article15 May 2017Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union

Commission finds that enforcement of intellectual property rights remains a challenge for small consignments

On Monday 15th of May 2017, the Commission has presented its report summarizing the experience since the entry into force of the recent EU rules on protecting intellectual property rights at the external borders.

The EU rules organising customs enforcement of intellectual property rights provide a wide range of protection and procedures which are correctly used across the 28 Member States. However, small consignments remain a challenge to handle for customs as sales over internet are constantly increasing and many of them are fake or dangerous to health. The Commission will continue to further analyse how controls of small consignments can be improved.

Customs enforcement of intellectual property rights is regulated by Regulation (EU) No 608/2013 since 2014. The objective of the EU rules is to stop fake and dangerous goods from entering the internal market and thereby to contribute to economic growth, fighting organised crime and protecting the health and safety of millions of consumers.

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Publication date
15 May 2017
Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union