The number of customs detentions in Slovenia in 2020 was 520, slightly more than in 2019, when there were 469 detentions. Although the number of retained objects increased from 324,401 in 2019 to 433,517 in 2020, the estimated value of retained objects decreased to 5.5 million euros, compared to 6.1 million euros in 2019.
The table below shows the Slovenian Customs statistics on detentions of IPR infringing goods for the period 2018-2020:
The most common counterfeit products were clothing, footwear, accessories, auto parts, toys and audio / video devices. The majority of counterfeits, as in previous years, arrived by sea via the port of Koper in southwestern Slovenia and by post. Goods arriving by sea were mainly destined for consignees in other EU countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia and Austria). Goods arriving by post were destined for consignees in Slovenia. The majority of counterfeits detained came from China, Hong Kong, Turkey, Singapore and India. Most of the counterfeits detained were destroyed under customs control.
In terms of international cooperation in the field of combating counterfeiting, Slovenia was one of 24 countries that participated in Operation LUDUS, which took place between October 2020 and January 2021 targeting counterfeit toys – 10 196 toys were detained and destroyed in Slovenia as part of this operation, organized by Europol and supported by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Slovenia also participated in an international operation Pangea XIII, which targeted the online sale of counterfeit and illegal drugs. This operation was coordinated by INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization (WCO) and took place in March 2020.