On June 4th, the Quality Brands Protection Committee of China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment (QBPC) Chair Michael Ding, Customs Committee Chair Alan Liu and other QBPC service team members hosted Director Huang Jianhua and his colleagues from General Business Department of General Administration of Customs (GACC) at the QBPC office. This was the first face-to-face meeting between GACC and QBPC this year.
At the beginning of the meeting, QBPC representatives briefed on the progress in combating infringement, counterfeiting and protecting IPR as a result of collaboration between the two sides. Meanwhile, they made the following comments and suggestions: in terms of data sharing, a smooth communication mechanism could be established between the right holders and the local customs. The data obtained by right holders could be shared with customs to help them with the inspection, especially with a focus on the parcels and containers imported or exported to Southeast Asia. In addition, QBPC planned to integrate the related historical data of its member companies to help the customs control risks more effectively; customs trainings had been very popular among QBPC members. Especially around 4.26 IPR Week each year, the seats of trainings were quickly booked out. It was suggested that regular trainings could be arranged more frequently (monthly or quarterly) with local customs, which could enable the same local customs to communicate with representatives of different industries.; under the new situation, the trend of infringement changed, and the cases of mixed smuggling and fake goods were gradually increasing. More attention should be paid to e-commerce platforms and the new means by infringers; QBPC side also gave feedback on the upgrading of the customs filing system and the settlement of seized cargo warehousing charges.
In response, Director Huang said that the meeting was very timely, and the customs could better understand the concerns of the right holders, which was very helpful for the deployment of the customs’ work. Many problems were the common concerns of right holders and the customs. For data exchange and information sharing, the customs welcomed the right holders to provide clues to jointly crack down on intellectual property crimes; for customs trainings, the customs would strive for more communication opportunities and explore new models; for the settlement and collection of the storage cost of seized goods, GACC would form a unified model with reference to best practice of local customs, which could be promoted nationwide.