Customs enforcement in the Benelux: a proposed broadened protection


Marlies Wiegerinck and Michiel Rijsdijk

The Benelux, and in particular the Netherlands, form a large port for the import of goods from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

Europe’s main ports

Goods mainly enter through the airports of Amsterdam, Antwerp and Liege and through the seaports of Antwerp and Rotterdam. With 4.4 billion tonnes of goods transhipped in 2012, the seaport of Rotterdam is the number one seaport in Europe.

An increasing amount of counterfeit goods and goods obtained by piracy enter the European market through these ports and find their way to Europe’s consumers. According to European Commission studies, counterfeits not only limit innovation and growth, but also endanger health and consumer safety.

customs enforcement, Benelux, EEA, anti-counterfeiting, piracy