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Customs officers of Russia and China joined their forces to fight against infringing goods

On 23-25th of August in Shanghai (China) the delegation of Russian FCS took part in the first conference of the Working Group for intellectual property rights protection of Sub-committee on customs cooperation of the Committee on preparation of regular meetings of Government Executives of Russia and China.

The Russian delegation was led by the Head of Department for trade limitations, currency and export control (DTLandCEC) of FCS of Russia Mr. Peter Baklanov. The Chinese delegation was led by Deputy Head of Law Department of PRC Main Customs Authorities Chen Sujdun. There were also specialists of the Law Department and the Department for International Cooperation of PRC Main Customs Authorities and representatives of regional Customs departments from the Chinese side

The necessity of Russian-Chinese collaboration in the field of intellectual property protection is caused by appreciable volume growth of detected counterfeits. This negative trend finally affects consumers, who run risks to get low-quality and often dangerous products by buying counterfeit.

The colleagues from Russia and China have agreed to exchange statistics and special-purpose data, as well as the information on the legislation in this sphere. This work will be done within the Memorandum of the Federal Customs Service (the Russian Federation) and the PRC Main Customs Authorities for strengthening the cooperation in the domain of intellectual property protection. The parts also intend to exchange Customs personnel and the experience of law enforcement. The Customs officers of both countries decided to pay special attention to regional customs cooperation in the sphere of intellectual property rights protection and the development of collaboration with rightholders.

The colleagues also agreed about first-priority supervision after post and express-shipping in connection with worldwide trend towards the increase of infringing goods turnover by post.

The second conference of the Working Group is scheduled for the 2nd semester of 2012.