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HMRC internal manual

Customs Intellectual Property Rights Guidance

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False indications of origin: Action permitted at the border

We may only use our powers under CEMA or VAT Act 1994 for the specific purposes of those Acts (‘Assigned Matters’); action on false indications of origin is no longer a matter assigned to Customs.

The lead Government Department on this is the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills supported by Trading Standards. Information provided by Trading Standards may be a factor in assessing risk however whilst we wish to aid Trading Standards in exercising their duties we may not use our powers specifically for the purpose of detaining goods suspected of bearing false indications of origin.