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How to record Trade Marks with Customs

The responsibilities of customs vary from country to country, and are often the subject of regular review and modification to ensure their ongoing relevance in a constantly changing world.

Traditionally, the customs’ role has been one of a “gatekeeper”, with customs authorities representing a barrier through which international trade must pass, in an effort to protect the interests of the nation. Customs has been responsible for implementing a wide range of government policies, spanning areas as diverse as revenue collection, trade compliance and facilitation, interdiction of prohibited substances, protection of cultural heritage and enforcement of intellectual property laws.