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HMRC internal manual

Customs Intellectual Property Rights Guidance

HM Revenue & Customs
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Goods suspected of infringing an IP right under customs control: Initiation of proceedings for transit goods

The right holder must provide evidence that Court proceedings have been initiated for the detention to be maintained longer than 10 working days. The right holder may request an extension of up to a further 10 working days but this should not be granted lightly, it should be accompanied by a statement that the right holder intends to initiate proceedings or Article 11 action is in hand together with an explanation of why an extension of time is required.

The Article 11 procedure (see 2200) is permissible for goods in transit and seeking agreement to abandon the goods will be an acceptable reason for an extension of up to a further 10 working days, from notification of the original detention, providing the right holder confirms that this period is necessary to initiate formal proceedings.