Global Trade in Fakes

A Worrying Threat

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This report quantifies the magnitude, value, scope and trends of global trade in counterfeit and pirated goods, also known as fakes. Using a unique enforcement dataset and tailored methodology, it estimates the overall scale of this threat and outlines which industries are particularly at risk. It also gauges the main economies of origin of fakes in global trade, and the key directions of trade flows. Finally, it analyses recent trends in terms of modes of shipment and the evolution of trade routes.


The trade in counterfeits during the pandemic

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has triggered an enormous crisis that has had and will continue to have a significant impact on the illicit trade in counterfeit goods. Closures of some businesses and disruptions in transport methods have led to significant distortions in supply chains. In all these cases, criminals have leveraged these opportunities to make illicit profits.


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