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HMRC internal manual

Customs Intellectual Property Rights Guidance

Disclosure of information: Disclosure to right holders

As a general rule we should not disclose to third parties information about consignments even though they contain, or are suspected to contain, IP infringing items.

However Council Regulation 1383/2003 permits officers to disclose to the right-holder, at their request and if known, the following information concerning goods suspected of infringing an intellectual property right:

  • the actual or estimated quantity
  • the actual or supposed nature of the goods (note this may include a full description of the goods complete with details of any trade mark; the use of digital photographs is allowed and may prove beneficial)
  • the names and addresses of the consignee
  • the names and addresses of the consignor
  • the names and addresses of the declarant or the holder of the goods
  • the origin and the provenance of the goods.

Note in the case of ex-officio action (see 2300) we may only divulge the number of items declared and their nature until a valid application has been accepted by the IPAU.