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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 8 of Commission Regulation (EC) 1891/2004, 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 Council Regulation (CE) 1383/2003, are included in these statistics.


Statistics published on 5 August 2013 by the European Commission show a continuation of the trend of the high number of shipments suspected of violating intellectual property rights. In 2012, almost 90,000 detention cases were registered by Customs. The 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 40 million detained articles are concerned, the value of the equivalent genuine products is estimated to be just below 1 billion euro.

Cigarettes are at the top of the list of detained articles (31%), followed by other goods (such as bottles, lamps, glue, batteries, washing powder) and packaging materials. Products for daily use (i.e. body care articles, medicines, toys, electrical household goods) accounted for 12,7% 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 Morocco for foodstuffs or Hong Kong, China for other tobacco products such as electronic cigarettes and their liquid fillings.

Number of registered cases and articles

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For further information see the press release (IP/13/761 Choose translations of the previous link  ), the frequently asked questions (MEMO/13/738 Choose translations of the previous link  ) and the full reportpdf(1.42 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link  , corrected version (see pages 7 and 26).