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.



This study presents the updated quantitative analysis of value, scope and magnitude of world trade in counterfeit and pirated products, using the same GTRIC methodology as in the previous OECD-EUIPO (2016) report. The report finds that, in 2016, international trade in counterfeit and pirated products amounted to as much as USD 509 billion. This amount does not include domestically produced and consumed counterfeit and pirated products, and pirated digital products being distributed via the Internet, and represents up to 3.3% of world trade, compared with an estimate of up to 2.5% of world trade in 2013.


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