Brief: WCO, INTA join forces on counterfeit fight

WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya and INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de AcedoThe World Customs Organization (WCO) and the International Trademark Association (INTA) have agreed to collaborate in the fight against counterfeiting.

A memorandum of understanding - signed this week at the WCO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium  - will strengthen "coordination through education and training projects, and through the exchange of information and best practices between Customs and the private sector", with a particular emphasis on public awareness raising, said the organisations in a joint press release.

WCO and INTA suggest the trade of counterfeit goods exceeds $650bn (€477bn) annually. "Customs technical assistance and capacity building remains one of the most effective mechanisms in the battle against counterfeiting," they add.

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