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Trends in Trade in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods

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This study examines the value, scope and trends of trade in counterfeit and pirated goods. First, it presents the overall scale of this trade and discusses which parts of the economy are particularly at risk. Next, it looks at the main economies of origin of fakes in global trade. Finally, it analyses recent trends in terms of changing modes of shipment and the evolution of trade flows.

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Trade in fakes – The current picture

Broader economic context is needed to generate a set of the relevant, industry- and economy-specific pictures of the magnitude of counterfeit and pirated trade, both worldwide and in specific economies. The raw seizure data as presented in the previous chapter do not take into account the general economic context but can be used as an input in further statistical analysis. This analysis relies on a basic statistical toolbox called GTRIC. It produces counterfeiting-related indices that assign high scores of counterfeiting to provenance economies or industries in two contexts:

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