The World Intellectual Property Review on 12 December reported that a report from the EU Intellectual Property Office revealed that 63% of all EU customs seizures of counterfeit and pirated goods are of small parcels sent through postal or courier services. While figures show that these small shipments tend to be in packages of ten or fewer items, over 50% of all global seizures of counterfeits sent by post contained just one item. Fake consumer goods including shoes, sunglasses and jewellery were among the list of items most likely to be sent in small parcels. The report stated that small parcels used by counterfeiters for trafficking are shipped either through postal or express services, creating “significant challenges” for customs authorities.
MISUSE OF SMALL PARCELS FOR TRADE IN COUNTERFEIT GOODS