In 2020 in the EU detained items by customs authorities were worth almost EUR 2 billion. Clothing accessories were the leading category, both in terms of the number of items detained and estimated value.
As in previous years, China is the main source of origin for the majority of fake and counterfeit goods entering the EU, followed by Hong Kong (the main source of mobile phones) and Turkey.
These are the figures provided by ‘EU enforcement of intellectual property rights: Results at the EU border and in the EU internal market 2020’ report; the first joint annual document published by the EUIPO and the European commission on the enforcement of IP rights.
Its aim is to provide useful information to support the analysis of IPR infringement in the EU and the development by relevant enforcement authorities of appropriate countermeasures, since the figures allow for a better understanding of the scope and extent of the problem.