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TIACA CALLS FOR GREATER COOPERATION IN GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST COUNTERFEIT GOODS

Thursday, April 21, 2016   (0 Comments)
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New TIACA Position Paper calls for rights holders, service providers, and regulators to come together and adopt a multi-pronged approach

 

 

Miami, USA, Thursday, 21st April 2016 –TIACA condemns the growing problem of goods that infringe Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), and calls for Customs authorities to bring together rights holders, service providers, and regulators for a working dialogue in a new Position Paper published today.

 

 

Goods that infringe IPR account for a growing proportion of international trade, estimated at over USD250 billion by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

 

 

TIACA’s Paper explains that the air cargo industry plays a vital role in the interdiction of counterfeit shipments and in investigations of illicit trade and that, as intermediaries, the industry’s role is distinct from that of other parties.

 

 

The air cargo industry should be recognized as one piece in a three-pronged approach to combatting goods that infringe IPR, working alongside rights holders and Customs authorities.

 

 

“The industry’s cooperation with law enforcement agencies contributes to the increase in seizures by government agencies,” said Doug Brittin, Secretary General, TIACA.

 

 

“However, each party needs to acknowledge its role and limitations. Air cargo industry members are not law enforcement agencies, and our role is necessarily limited by this reality.

 

 

“Any potential liability for air cargo industry members should be limited to instances where air cargo operators have actual knowledge of receiving or handling IPR infringing goods and have failed to take action based on that knowledge.”

 

 

The Position Paper was put together by TIACA’s Market Access and Trade Facilitation Subcommittee and approved by the TIACA Board, which includes members from across the air freight industry.

 

 

The full version is available on the TIACA website by clicking here

 

 

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Doug Brittin, Secretary General, TIACA, has called for greater cooperation between regulators, rights holders, and members of the air cargo community in the fight against counterfeit goods.

 

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About TIACA

 

The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) represents, supports, informs, and connects every element of the global air freight supply chain.

 

TIACA lobbies governments and regulators, provides valuable networking opportunities, organizes and hosts leading industry events, and gives guidance, advice, and specialist career development training for members.

 

We champion every size of business, and help shape the policy which affects all of our members, providing a unifying voice for the industry, working for global standards, and raising the profile of air cargo.

 

TIACA is a not-for-profit trade association representing aircraft manufacturers, airports, all-cargo airlines, combination carriers, consultants, Customs brokers, educational institutions, equipment manufacturers, general sales agents, ground handlers, freight forwarders, integrators, IT systems providers, logistics companies, road carriers, shippers, and screening technology developers.

 

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