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Taxation and Customs Union

The role of customs


Trade in goods infringing intellectual property rights (IPR) is of great concern, and the European Union is fully committed to effectively enforcing these rights and promoting higher standards of protection worldwide. Most of the counterfeits and other IPR infringing goods available in the EU have been manufactured in a third country. To prevent these goods from being imported, customs has a key role.

Every day, by preventing IPR infringing goods from entering the EU market, customs contribute to economic growth, the fight against organised crime and the protection of the health and safety of millions of consumers. Customs, however, cannot succeed in the fight against IPR infringements without the active engagement of right holders. Learn more about how you can work with customs to protect your rights.