Taxation and customs union

IPR Infringements: Facts and figures

Every year, the European Commission publishes a report describing the customs detentions of articles suspected of infringing intellectual property rights (IPR), such as trademarks, copyrights and patents. These statistics, compiled on the basis of the data transmitted by the EU Member States in accordance with Article 31 of Regulation (EU) No 608/2013, of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning customs enforcement of intellectual property rights provide useful information to support the analysis of IPR infringements affecting the EU market and the development of appropriate counter-measures.

Reports on EU customs enforcement of intellectual property rights are available from this page for consultation and download.

Please note that only detentions made under the procedures set forth in Regulation (EU) No 608/2013, are included in these statistics.


Statistics published on 22 September 2016 by the European Commission show a continuation of the trend in the high number of shipments suspected of violating intellectual property rights. In 2015, more than 80,000 detention cases were registered by Customs. As far as the over 40 million detained articles are concerned, the value of the equivalent genuine products is estimated to be just over 642 million euro.        

Cigarettes remain at the top of the list of detained articles ( 27%), followed by other goods (10%) like batteries or air fresheners, and toys (9%). Products for daily use (i.e. body care articles, medicines, toys, electrical household goods) accounted for 25,8 % of the total number of detained articles.          

China continued to be the main source country from where IPR infringing goods were shipped to the EU but for certain product sectors other countries were the main provenance like Benin for foodstuff, Mexico for alcoholic beverages, Morocco for other beverages, Malaysia for other body care items, Turkey for clothing, Hong Kong, China for mobile phones and accessories, memory cards, computer equipment, CD/DVD and lighters, Montenegro for cigarettes and India for medicines.     

On 5 December a new version of the report was uploaded. The table of Annex 7 (page 37) concerning Malaysia was corrected to provide the value of the goods instead of the number of articles.   

Number of registered cases and articles


graphic counterfeiting

For further information see the press release (IP/16/3132) and the full report.