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Counterfeiting trends in the pharmaceutical industry
31-10-2007

The Pharmaceutical Security Institute (PSI) has as its top priority, the protection of the public health through the disruption and dismantling of criminal groups involved in counterfeit pharmaceuticals. To that end the PSI works closely with the WCO, Customs administrations, other law enforcement agencies and drug regulatory authorities. While some sense of the global counterfeiting problem is conveyed by well publicised cases, too often the availability of counterfeiting data is limited even at times dubious, overly optimistic, very pessimistic, or highly questionable estimates are presented as fact.

Ashley How

illegal activities; intellectual property
en, fr
Counterfeiting trends in the pharmaceutical industry
31-10-2007

The Pharmaceutical Security Institute (PSI) has as its top priority, the protection of the public health through the disruption and dismantling of criminal groups involved in counterfeit pharmaceuticals. To that end the PSI works closely with the WCO, Customs administrations, other law enforcement agencies and drug regulatory authorities. While some sense of the global counterfeiting problem is conveyed by well publicised cases, too often the availability of counterfeiting data is limited even at times dubious, overly optimistic, very pessimistic, or highly questionable estimates are presented as fact.

Ashley How

illegal activities; intellectual property
en, fr
Counterfeit medicines, a threat to public health!
31-10-2007

The considerable rise in incidences directly related to the counterfeiting of prescription medicines and the associated threat to public health over the past 3 years has been a major factor in Merck & Co., Inc. (known as Merck MSD in Europe) dedicating increased resources to preventing and detecting counterfeits and counterfeiting operations worldwide. Globalisation and the Internet have led to greatly increased volumes of international trade and, unfortunately, have also presented opportunities for dishonest and unscrupulous criminals and traders to exploit the system.

Chris Merchant

illegal activities; intellectual property
en, fr
Counterfeit medicines, a threat to public health!
31-10-2007

The considerable rise in incidences directly related to the counterfeiting of prescription medicines and the associated threat to public health over the past 3 years has been a major factor in Merck & Co., Inc. (known as Merck MSD in Europe) dedicating increased resources to preventing and detecting counterfeits and counterfeiting operations worldwide. Globalisation and the Internet have led to greatly increased volumes of international trade and, unfortunately, have also presented opportunities for dishonest and unscrupulous criminals and traders to exploit the system.

Chris Merchant

illegal activities; intellectual property
en, fr
Germany makes IPR a top priority
31-10-2007

Trademark and product piracy is one of the greatest threats to trade and fair competition today. The amount of damage such activity causes to the economy, to the state and to consumers means that the authorities and the holders of the rights themselves need to invest a great deal of effort to combat this form of economic crime. German Customs has not been found wanting in this regard and for years now has been deploying multi-layered strategies to meet the challenge of curbing trademark and product piracy, and has stepped up its efforts to this end in recent years. As such, we are very proud that the WCO Council at its last meeting decided to award the WCO trophy to German Customs in recognition of its work, endeavours and results in this field.

l'Administration des douanes allemandes

illegal activities; intellectual property
en, fr
Germany makes IPR a top priority
31-10-2007

Trademark and product piracy is one of the greatest threats to trade and fair competition today. The amount of damage such activity causes to the economy, to the state and to consumers means that the authorities and the holders of the rights themselves need to invest a great deal of effort to combat this form of economic crime. German Customs has not been found wanting in this regard and for years now has been deploying multi-layered strategies to meet the challenge of curbing trademark and product piracy, and has stepped up its efforts to this end in recent years. As such, we are very proud that the WCO Council at its last meeting decided to award the WCO trophy to German Customs in recognition of its work, endeavours and results in this field.

l'Administration des douanes allemandes

illegal activities; intellectual property
en, fr
New Zealand’s Border Protection Notice System trounces the fake trade
31-10-2007

The New Zealand Customs Service (NZCS) regularly intercepts counterfeit and pirated goods at the border. Between 1997 and 2007, NZCS removed about 1.1 million counterfeit goods from the market. Customs officers intercept these items at airports, ports and the International Mail Centre in Auckland.

illegal activities; intellectual property
en, fr
New Zealand’s Border Protection Notice System trounces the fake trade
31-10-2007

The New Zealand Customs Service (NZCS) regularly intercepts counterfeit and pirated goods at the border. Between 1997 and 2007, NZCS removed about 1.1 million counterfeit goods from the market. Customs officers intercept these items at airports, ports and the International Mail Centre in Auckland.

illegal activities; intellectual property
en, fr
Counterfeiting, the internet and the postal dilemma
31-10-2007

In an era of virtual worlds where everything is just one click away, the flow of postal packages is intensifying with the development of internet sales, and this is not making the task of Customs services any easier, particularly when it comes to combating counterfeiting and piracy.

e-commerce and customs, illegal activities; intellectual property
en, fr
Counterfeiting, the internet and the postal dilemma
31-10-2007

In an era of virtual worlds where everything is just one click away, the flow of postal packages is intensifying with the development of internet sales, and this is not making the task of Customs services any easier, particularly when it comes to combating counterfeiting and piracy.

e-commerce and customs, illegal activities; intellectual property
en, fr
At last, the first mutual recognition agreement!
31-10-2007

Mutual recognition, a key concept in the WCO SAFE Framework of Standards to secure and facilitate global trade, became a reality on Friday 29 June 2007 when New Zealand Customs Service (NZCS) Comptroller, Martyn Dunne, and United States Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) Commissioner, W. Ralph Basham, signed a bilateral supply chain security Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA). The ceremony was witnessed by Members of the Council - the WCO’s supreme decision-making body - who had gathered in Brussels at the Organization’s headquarters for their annual sessions.

SAFE, AEO
en, fr
At last, the first mutual recognition agreement!
31-10-2007

Mutual recognition, a key concept in the WCO SAFE Framework of Standards to secure and facilitate global trade, became a reality on Friday 29 June 2007 when New Zealand Customs Service (NZCS) Comptroller, Martyn Dunne, and United States Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) Commissioner, W. Ralph Basham, signed a bilateral supply chain security Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA). The ceremony was witnessed by Members of the Council - the WCO’s supreme decision-making body - who had gathered in Brussels at the Organization’s headquarters for their annual sessions.

SAFE, AEO
en, fr
Customs administration of Kazakhstan
31-10-2007

The Customs authority carries out the following tasks: • Participates in the development and execution of Customs policy; • Ensures, within the limits of its authority, the economic safety and sovereignty of the country; • Ensures compliance with Customs and other legislation;

customs administrations, government agencies
en, fr
Customs administration of Kazakhstan
31-10-2007

The Customs authority carries out the following tasks: • Participates in the development and execution of Customs policy; • Ensures, within the limits of its authority, the economic safety and sovereignty of the country; • Ensures compliance with Customs and other legislation;

customs administrations, government agencies
en, fr
The President of BASC briefs us…
31-10-2007

The World BASC (Business Alliance for Secure Commerce) Organization (WBO) is a private sector/Customs partnership that was established to promote the security of international trade in co-operation with governments and international organisations. It is a non-profit organisation, constituted in the State of Delaware, USA, with over 2000 member companies in 16 countries throughout South and North America.

customs administrations, government agencies, SAFE, AEO
en, fr
The President of BASC briefs us…
31-10-2007

The World BASC (Business Alliance for Secure Commerce) Organization (WBO) is a private sector/Customs partnership that was established to promote the security of international trade in co-operation with governments and international organisations. It is a non-profit organisation, constituted in the State of Delaware, USA, with over 2000 member companies in 16 countries throughout South and North America.

customs administrations, government agencies, SAFE, AEO
en, fr
Look-alikes, counterfeits in disguise?
31-10-2007

Today’s consumers are constantly prowling around to see what's new on the market. The quest to satisfy these consumers drives innovators to create new products at an ever increasing rate. Imitators are just as eager to relieve these consumers of their hard-earned cash and they do this by copying branded products but not slavishly, just enough to confuse the consumer into thinking this is the real thing or it looks so similar it's probably "almost" the real thing and anyway the price is good. Look-alikes are disguised to deceive, but aren't these the same tactics used by counterfeiters and pirates?

illegal activities; intellectual property
en, fr
Look-alikes, counterfeits in disguise?
31-10-2007

Today’s consumers are constantly prowling around to see what's new on the market. The quest to satisfy these consumers drives innovators to create new products at an ever increasing rate. Imitators are just as eager to relieve these consumers of their hard-earned cash and they do this by copying branded products but not slavishly, just enough to confuse the consumer into thinking this is the real thing or it looks so similar it's probably "almost" the real thing and anyway the price is good. Look-alikes are disguised to deceive, but aren't these the same tactics used by counterfeiters and pirates?

illegal activities; intellectual property
en, fr
The 109th/110th sessions of the Council
31-10-2007

The 109th/110th sessions of the Council were characterised by vibrant discussions, influential decisions and a host of nominations, not forgetting the election of a new Director of Tariff and Trade Affairs. Buoyed by this year’s event which also touched on future directions for the WCO and its members, the WCO News editorial team have attempted to provide a summary both in text and in pictures to capture this annual three-day meeting.

customs administrations, government agencies
en, fr
The 109th/110th sessions of the Council
31-10-2007

The 109th/110th sessions of the Council were characterised by vibrant discussions, influential decisions and a host of nominations, not forgetting the election of a new Director of Tariff and Trade Affairs. Buoyed by this year’s event which also touched on future directions for the WCO and its members, the WCO News editorial team have attempted to provide a summary both in text and in pictures to capture this annual three-day meeting.

customs administrations, government agencies
en, fr
The WCO and the World Free Zone Convention join forces
31-10-2007

The WFZC - World Free Zone Convention - hosted an international conference in Brussels from 5-6 June 2007 with the support of the WCO. The event focused on a number of pertinent issues related to economic zones around the world and their impact on world trade.

storage
en, fr
The WCO and the World Free Zone Convention join forces
31-10-2007

The WFZC - World Free Zone Convention - hosted an international conference in Brussels from 5-6 June 2007 with the support of the WCO. The event focused on a number of pertinent issues related to economic zones around the world and their impact on world trade.

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