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 27 September 2018 by the European Commission show a number of more than 31 million articles suspected of violating intellectual property rights. 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 IPR 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 of America 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.



Number of registered cases and articles

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