Misuse of Small Parcels for Trade in Counterfeit Goods

Facts and Trends

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This study examines the potential for the misuse of small parcels for trade in counterfeit and pirated goods. It presents the legal and economic contexts of the operation of express and postal services. It also looks at the available data on volumes of small consignments, via postal and courier streams, in the context of seizures of counterfeit and pirated goods. Furthermore it analyses the links between the observed dynamics in markets for small parcels and the available information on misuse of this service by traffickers in counterfeit and pirated goods.



World trade continues to expand, bringing significant benefits to business and consumers alike, providing them with opportunities to purchase a wide variety of goods at competitive prices. In the case of business, the development of global value chains has further enhanced the value of trade. Low-cost ocean freight has been an important factor in trade growth, but air transport has also been significant, providing a means to move goods quickly, albeit at higher cost.


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