By Betheena Kae Unite
Customs agencies worldwide were urged to intensify their respective campaigns against counterfeiting and piracy and the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) at borders.
The World Customs Organization (WCO) during the World Intellectual Property Day 2017 held recently reiterated the important role customs administrations play in the global fight against counterfeiting and piracy.
WCO stressed in a statement that “counterfeit and pirated products are now widespread and contaminate legal markets across the globe” posing a threat to the global economy.
While admitting that the task in protecting national borders from entry of counterfeit and pirated goods is not easy, WCO said it is the responsibility of the customs administrations to act on the situation.
“Faced with intense globalization, international trade and global supply chains are significantly more complex than ever before, posing a constant challenge to Customs authorities around the world as they strive to achieve a balance between regulating and facilitating trade,” the statement read.