(Almost) everything about the role of Dutch Customs in the approach to counterfeiting and piracy.

2.3 million

That is how many items Customs NL confiscated in 2014 due to violations of intellectual property rights. Together these items represented a value of € 57 million. Phenomena like counterfeit and pirate merchandise have serious social and economic consequences, which are felt internationally. They don’t merely disrupt the proper functioning of the internal European market, but can also be detrimental to public health, public order and safety. The protection of intellectual property rights is therefore of great importance, and Customs plays a leading part therein. Trademark holders may ask Customs to intercept the flow of certain merchandise during inspections at the external border. When Customs encounters goods infringing intellectual property rights, trademark holders are informed, so they can establish in a timely fashion whether their rights are actually being infringed upon. They then have the option to take legal action.

What types of goods are we referring to? Along which routes do these items enter Dutch territory? Where do these products actually come from? What happens to the articles once confiscated? By clicking on the buttons in the illustrations, you will get answers to these and other questions.  

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