Number of customs detentions increase, value of detained goods decrease in 2014

On August 1 2014 the Customs Administration and the Tax Administration of the Republic of Slovenia merged to become a single, joint administration called the Financial Administration of the Republic of Slovenia.

Following the merging of the two entities, the Financial Administration issued a joint annual report for 2014.

According to the report, Slovenian customs officials recorded 4,053 detentions in 2014. This is the highest number of temporary customs detention cases to date. A total of 506,460 suspected counterfeit items were detained, with a total value of approximately €12.5 million (approximately $13.5 million).

The number of infringing items detained in 2014 more than doubled compared to 2013, but the estimated value of the goods decreased from almost €19 million in 2013 to €12.5 million in 2014. Nonetheless, the estimated value of the detained counterfeits remained high in comparison to previous years.

The table below shows the Slovenian Customs’ statistics on the detention of IP rights infringing goods for the period between 2010 and 2014:

Number of suspected infringing items1,589,22718,905,522830,867198,340506,460
Number of detentions4384975551,3344,053
Value in euros4,796,0329,724,0154,310,45918,924,30412,506,013

Most of the suspended shipments contained clothing, footwear, medicines, perfumes and cosmetics.

A considerable share of the detained goods originated frim China, Singapore, Hong Kong and India. Suspected counterfeit goods arriving by sea through the port of Koper were mostly intended for other EU countries (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia and Austria) and the former Yugoslav countries. In contrast, suspended items arriving by mail were usually intended for the domestic market and were usually ordered online.

Andrej Bukovnik and Barbara Mencin, PETOŠEVIĆ, Ljubljana

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