- Published: Tuesday, 07 April 2015 13:37
As per Customs public notice number 4 of 2015, dated 7th February 2015, Customs will commence the enforcement of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) laws on 7th April 2015. Customs Officials are therefore undergoing IPR trainings this week in both Port Vila and Luganville in preparation for the enforcement of these laws.
Customs will basically be executing at our borders, paragraph 65(1)(b) of the Customs Act No. 7 of 2013 regarding the importation of counterfeit goods in Vanuatu. This paragraph of the Customs Act states that it is unlawful to import into Vanuatu any goods which are:
- Counterfeit trademark goods; or
- Pirate copyright goods; or
- Goods infringing intellectual property rights; or
- Protection defeating devices.
It is important to note that Clause 22 of the Customs Regulations Order No. 113 of 2014 places the onus on importers concerned to produce the evidence to prove that the goods imported are in fact genuine. While section 68 of the Act lists some serious penalties for those who break this law.