- Published: Thursday, 01 October 2015 08:47
The 264 imported SINGER Sewing machines from China, which were seized by Customs on 2nd June 2015 for suspicious infringement of the Intellectual Property (IPR) Laws of Vanuatu, were finally destroyed on 24th September 2015 at the Bouffa Landfill.
Prior to the seizure of the machines, the SINGER representatives in Australia confirmed to the Vanuatu Intellectual Property Office (VanIPO) that they have received confirmation that the machines are unauthorized Singer Sewing Machines from an unauthorized dealer. Following this confirmation, Customs proceeded to seizing the machines.
According to Customs Regulations 22, the two Importers concerned were given the opportunity to prove to Customs that the goods are not counterfeit trademark goods, pirate copyright goods or goods infringing intellectual property rights. Furthermore, the importers were given the opportunity under section 187 of the Customs Act to appeal against the Seizure at the Magistrate Court within 20 days of the seizure. Since the Importers failed to carry out either of these two acts by the due date, the goods were considered condemned to the State under section 187 of the Customs Act.