TIACA urges joint action on counterfeit goods

TIACA has called on Customs authorities to bring together rights holders, service providers, and regulators to help solve the problem of counterfeit goods.
In a position paper published today, the organisation the air cargo industry plays a vital role in the interdiction of counterfeit shipments and in investigations of illicit trade and that, as intermediaries, the industry’s role is distinct from that of other parties.
The air cargo industry should be recognized as one piece in a three-pronged approach to combatting goods that infringe intellectual property rights (IPR), working alongside rights holders and Customs authorities.
“The industry’s cooperation with law enforcement agencies contributes to the increase in seizures by government agencies,” said TIACA secretary general Doug Brittin.
“However, each party needs to acknowledge its role and limitations. Air cargo industry members are not law enforcement agencies, and our role is necessarily limited by this reality.
“Any potential liability for air cargo industry members should be limited to instances where air cargo operators have actual knowledge of receiving or handling IPR infringing goods and have failed to take action based on that knowledge.”
Goods that infringe IPR account for a growing proportion of international trade, estimated at over $250bn by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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