Definition of parallel imports in US English:

parallel imports

plural noun

  • Goods imported by unlicensed distributors for sale at less than the manufacturer's official retail price.

    • ‘Within a month, he shifted his stance, endorsing the use of compulsory licensing and parallel imports of drugs to South Africa.’
    • ‘If Microsoft worked off one global price list parallel imports would disappear overnight… But global pricing is not in Microsoft's interests.’
    • ‘Artists benefit from parallel imports - they receive sales royalties whether or not the CD is manufactured locally or is manufactured in say Mexico, and is imported into Australia.’
    • ‘Also, allowing parallel imports of pharmaceuticals could be considered an effective tool forcing IPR right-holders to sell their protected pharmaceuticals at reasonable and affordable prices.’
    • ‘Territorial protection in distribution agreements is not permitted where parallel imports are excluded.’


parallel imports