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National Customs seize merchandise worth USD 30.000

By Orpan - 11/10/2017
National Customs seize merchandise worth USD 30.000

In the city of Cochabamba, central Bolivia, the National Customs of Bolivia seized four lots of counterfeited merchandise worth almost USD 30.000, said Customs president Marlene Ardaya to Prensa Libre. According to Ardaya, the seized items include glassware, crockery, shoes and used clothing that entered the region through the Iquique Free Trade Zone, located at northwestern Chile, roughly 100 miles from the Bolivian border.

Speaking to reporters, Ardaya explained that 70% of all illegal merchandise actually entering Bolivia comes from Chile and causes "millions of dollars" in damages to the national economy. For that reason governments of both neighbor countries are working together and planning future exchanges with the aim on designing a binational strategy to combat smuggling and counterfeiting in their borders.

An important step towards that goal was a meeting held on October 11 between representatives of both Customs in the town of Colchane, a Chilean commune located in the Andean altiplano, bordering Bolivia. 

By Orpan - 11/10/2017
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ORPAN was established in 1955 by brothers Joaquin Soruco (1908 – 1984) and Gonzalo Soruco (1910 – 1994). It was one of the first specialized law firms in patent and trademark matters in Bolivia.

The daughter of co-founder Joaquín Soruco, Mrs. Pilar Soruco, took over the direction of ORPAN in 1986.

At present, Mrs. Soruco is the main partner of ORPAN, working with a specialized team of more than 20 attorneys, assistants and paralegals. Among them is Mr. Wolfgang Ohnes, who previously was National Director of the Bolivian Patent and Trademarks Office and practitioner in the private sector since year 2000 in local and regional IP law firms.