Following the move by the U.S. today to apply countermeasures against imports from the EU in consequence of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Airbus dispute, Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström made the following statement:
New figures released by the European Commission today show that the number of interceptions of fake goods being imported into the EU increased in 2018 due to a large amount of small parcels in express and postal traffic. Detention figures for seized consignments jumped from 57,433 in 2017 to 69,354 in 2018, though the total amount of articles detained decreased compared to previous years. Almost 27 million articles that infringed on intellectual property rights (IPR) were detained in 2018 with a street value of nearly €740 million.
On behalf of the European Union I would like to welcome the Delegation from Costa Rica, led by Mr. Duayner SALAS, Vice-Minister for External Trade, and thank the Discussant, H.E. Mr Mikael Anzén (Sweden), for his introductory words.
On behalf of the European Union, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to the Delegation of Suriname, led by Mr. Stephen Tsang, Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism. I would also like to thank the WTO Secretariat and the Government of Suriname for their comprehensive reports, which form the basis for our discussion today. Let me extend our appreciation to the Discussant H.E. Mr. Peter BRŇO (Slovak Republic) for the introduction to the main developments in Suriname’s economy and its trade with the rest of the world since the country’s last Trade Policy Review.