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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) 608/2013, 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) 608/2013, are included in these statistics.


Statistics published on 31 July 2014 by the European Commission show a small decrease in the  number of shipments suspected of violating intellectual property rights. In 2013, almost 87,000 detention cases were registered by Customs. This still high number of detentions is caused by the high number of small parcels in express and postal traffic, most probably as a result of internet sales. As far as the almost 36 million detained articles are concerned, the value of the equivalent genuine products is estimated to be just over 768 million euro.

Clothing is at the top of the list of detained articles (12%), followed by other goods such as insecticides, shoe polish,  lamps, glue, batteries, air fresheners, and washing powder, and medicines. Products for daily use (i.e. body care articles, medicines, toys, electrical household goods) accounted for 25.2% 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 Egypt for foodstuffs, Turkey for perfumes or Hong Kong, China for other body care items than perfumes, mobile phones, memory cards and sticks, ink cartridges and electrical household appliances.

Number of registered cases and articles

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For further information see the press release (IP/14/890 Choose translations of the previous link  ), the frequently asked questions (MEMO/14/501 Choose translations of the previous link  ) and the full reportpdf(1.39 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link  .