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Moyens de faire respecter les DPI
55. Please identify the competent authorities in your jurisdiction who receive requests from right holders for an application to suspend the release of counterfeit goods by the customs authorities.
Article 82(4) of the Customs Code states that the customs authorities, upon request of the holder of a trademark or patent of production or other neighbouring rights specified in the Implementing Provisions of this Code may prohibit the release in free circulation, the exportation, the re-exportation and their placing under the suspensive procedure of the goods that are recognized to be counterfeit or pirated goods, according to the procedures provided for in the Implementing Provisions of this Code. Under Implementing Provisions of the Customs Code, Point 119.1 constitutes that the holder of the right may lodge an application in writing at the General Directorate of Customs, upon which, customs authorities may suspend the release of the goods or seize the goods depending on the situation (Point 120.1).