15Jan 18

Role of Customs in protecting India’s Consumers and Economy from Counterfeits

New Delhi, India, • English

A one-day workshop, organised by ICC BASCAP and React, to highlight the important role of Customs in preventing counterfeit goods from entering via Indian borders.


The event will serve as a platform to discuss challenges and share global best practices to combat the trade in counterfeit goods that threatens economic development, consumers’ health and safety, and good governance.


09:00–09:00Welcome and opening remarks
09:30-10:00Keynote address
10:00–11:00Role of customs in stopping counterfeits in India and related challenges

The Indian Customs are increasingly playing a key role in stopping counterfeit goods at the border. By preventing counterfeits from entering the Indian market, Customs contribute to economic growth, the fight against organised crime and the protection of the health and safety of millions of consumers. This panel discussion will focus on the prevailing challenges and procedural impediments to effective Customs enforcement and measures to overcome these challenges.

11:15-12:00Introduction to the new Indian Customs recordal system

Customs will highlight the key features of the new system. Panellists will share their experiences with the Indian Customs recordal systems and share global current and best practices in recordal systems worldwide.

12:00-13:00Working together to stop the flow of illicit goods across borders

Counterfeit and pirated goods are transported around the world in a wide range of ways—cargo containers shipped by sea and by air, small packages routed through traditional mail centers, and express mail carriers that enter the Indian borders. The representatives on this panel will discuss the challenges they face and the steps that they are taking to stop the criminal infiltration of the supply chain.

14:00-14:45Role of customs in online and market Enforcement

React will provide an overview of the extent of the online counterfeiting and how Customs can assist in controlling these illegal activities.

14.45-15:30Storage and disposal of counterfeit goods

The trade in counterfeit goods has increased dramatically in recent years and the enormous movement of goods constitutes both an opportunity and a challenge for both national governments and industry. While the volume of infringing goods detected and seized by Customs authorities has steadily increased over the years, the costs, logistical and environmental concerns have also increased dramatically. Panelists will discuss challenges and best practices in storage, destruction and recycling of counterfeit goods.

15:45-16:45Promoting inter-agency cooperation

Sharing responsibilities and promoting communication amongst/between enforcement agencies (including customs, police, investigative agencies and regulators) are key to successful inter-agency cooperation. This collaboration can cover various areas ranging from examining shipments and monitoring compliance, collecting and exchanging information, and risk-management.

16:45-17:00Concluding remarks
17:00-17:15Closing remarks


Sophie PeressonDirector, BASCAP
Dipika RaiwakarRegional Legal Manager, Unilever
Manish BialaPartner, Anand and Anand
Hans-Joachim HennHead of Anti-Counterfeit Management, Bayer
Ronald Brohm,Director, React
Sandra WensWorld Customs Organization
Kamal SharmaBrand Protection Manager, Procter & Gamble
S. K. BansalPartner, United IPR
David BlakemoreDirector, IPR Partnership React

Logistical notes

Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza, New Delhi


6,500 INR per participant

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