Of course, it is best to prevent counterfeits from reaching the Belgian or European market. To that end, a European customs regulation grants specific competences to customs authorities in order to be able to act when they find counterfeit goods at European Union borders (for example, in Belgium, at the Port of Antwerp or Zaventem Airport).

The customs authorities can block goods suspected of infringing certain intellectual property rights at the border on their own initiative or on request by the intellectual property right holder, and the intellectual property right holder concerned can undertake legal proceedings to establish that the goods imported are counterfeits.

For further information about this solution, please contact the competent Customs and excises department directly.

Last update
23 January 2024