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HMRC internal manual

Customs Intellectual Property Rights Guidance

False indications of origin: Procedure at border

When goods suspected of bearing false or misleading indications of origin are encountered in the exercise of normal import procedures detecting officers should consider passing the consignment details to Trading Standards under the provisions of Part 9 of the Enterprise Act 2002 for any action that they may wish to take under their own powers.

If disclosure is appropriate then prior to making the disclosure the officer must consider whether or not there is any overriding Departmental interest that may be prejudiced by such a disclosure. Consideration must also be given to as to whether the disclosure is in the public interest taking into account our duty of confidentiality regarding business and private affairs.

In case of doubt no disclosure should be made without first consulting the IPRE Policy Team.

The goods are not to be seized;

Consignments shall not be targeted solely for the purpose of detecting false indication of origin.