About Parallel imports

When goods that are produced by a brand owner or another party with a valid license are exported to another country with the brand owner’s permission; but are then imported to another country without the brand owner’s permission, this is known as parallel import. This practice is legal in some jurisdictions but not in others.

The term ‘parallel imports’ comes from the fact that the imports are carried out outside or in parallel with the normal distribution channel. Parallel imports mostly occur because of the price differences between jurisdictions. Despite what many companies think, it is actually possible to have ‘grey-market’ listings removed.

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