Legally Importing Big Brands

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In many countries it is perfectly legal to import big brand products without the approval of the owner of the brand, copyright, or trademark. It is possible to enjoy huge mark ups while selling big brands at prices below the often heavily controlled price in the importer's country of business..

The process is known as parallel importing. The goods that are imported that way and sold, usually at prices below the regular retail, are known as gray market goods.

Importers who use this system benefit from what is known as "the doctrine of first sale." This doctrine means that once the trademark owner has sold its goods, it has exhausted its trademark rights in those goods.
The US Court of Appeals said that this doctrine preserves an area for competition, but sadly that is not the end of the story.

Many
trademark owners have gained exemption from that decision and as a result certain brands cannot be imported into the USA under parallel import laws. There are ways around the red tape in some cases, but expert advice on the subject is essential. In my opinion, the massive profit potential and relative ease of selling if you can advertise big brands makes the price of that advice well worth while.

This is a big subject, and I have posted a detailed blog on my site dealing with the situation specifically relating to the US, although I plan to make more posts relating to other countries later.

It is essential to understand that parallel importing refers only to genuine goods manufactured by the trademark owner or a licensee. Knockoffs, imitations, very similar products and any kind of copy will be confiscated by the CBP agency.

Finally I must add: I am not giving legal advice of any kind.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Stone
    Hey ImportExport

    I had a look at your blog and appreciate the detailed explanation, but it looks a bit scary to me. What are the risks involved?
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    • Profile picture of the author Importexport
      Originally Posted by Alex Stone View Post

      Hey ImportExport

      I had a look at your blog and appreciate the detailed explanation, but it looks a bit scary to me. What are the risks involved?
      Hi Alex,

      Sorry I have been a bit slow to respond, but your question slipped past me.

      Like dealing with any situation that has risks, you must take steps to avoid them.

      The biggest risk is that you might import something that is covered by a notice on the US Customs & Border Protection's list. In my blog I showed how to find out if the brand you are interested in importing has what is known as a CBP Recordation number.

      If it has, you don't import that product. Personally, just to be safe I would still check out with a Customs Broker any brand that I had in mind.

      There are plenty of brands that don't have Recordation numbers, and people in the know are able to import those products and make massive profits while selling big brands. It beats paying the high wholesale prices required to buy from local distributors.

      If anyone wants more information just post your question in this thread. It is worth learning the risks if you don't know what you are doing and the rewards if you do know.

      P.S. As in my first post above, I am not giving legal advice of any kind.
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  • Profile picture of the author jmorris18
    Hello There , I have sent you a PM in-regards to your expertise and knowledge in Importing products direct. I look forward to hearing from you when time allows..

    Thank you,
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    • Profile picture of the author Importexport
      Originally Posted by jmorris18 View Post

      Hello There , I have sent you a PM in-regards to your expertise and knowledge in Importing products direct. I look forward to hearing from you when time allows..

      Thank you,
      Hi Jason,

      I have answered your PM.

      Legally importing big brands is not always the best way to go. Many people who have established a reputation in a certain field can capitalize on that reputation by selling high quality products under their own brand.

      It is quite easy to do, and I have done it for many years, although an expensive course is being offered giving the impression that private labeling is a new idea.

      Walter
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  • Profile picture of the author SASGIRL
    This is very useful information! as I know 60% of big brand owners have their products made in China, The licensed manufacturers usually have the agreement with the brand owners that they have to hold the surplus merchandise for a period of time then can release to the market. Big profit there, but the challenge will be finding the genuine products.
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    • Profile picture of the author Importexport
      Originally Posted by SASGIRL View Post

      This is very useful information! as I know 60% of big brand owners have their products made in China, The licensed manufacturers usually have the agreement with the brand owners that they have to hold the surplus merchandise for a period of time then can release to the market. Big profit there, but the challenge will be finding the genuine products.
      Yes, if you are considering parallel imports, it is essential that you locate genuine products.

      There is a lot of work involved but the rewards can be huge.

      Before anyone starts looking at the idea, please read the whole thread. If you miss out on my reference to CBP Recordation number you could be in trouble.

      It is possible to conduct a search on the CBP site located at: http://iprs.cbp.gov/ and find the Intellectual Property Rights Search (IPRS) page. Enter the brand name in the "Keyword" box and if that brand owner has requested and been granted gray market protection, a CBP Recordation number will be displayed. If you click on the entry under the second column, which is labeled "Title Product", on the brand name, the CBP Recordation opens up to another screen and displays more details.

      If your chosen product does not have a number it might be OK to import, but that search should only be for checking purposes, but once you have found that your chosen product appears to be free to import, you should consult a Customs Broker for confirmation.

      P.S. As in my first post above, I am not giving legal advice of any kind
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