The 2016 Report on Trade in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods
("Report") was published on 18 April 2016 by the
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's
("OECD"). The Report gives detailed insights into global
counterfeiting activities, as well as ranks the most affected
countries and industries. The Report notes that more than 100,000
seizures occurred globally during 2011 to 2013 and Turkey is the
third largest source economy for infringing goods. Luxury products
are identified as the most frequently seized goods around the
The report addresses infringement of trademarks, copyrights and
patents and is based on studies of international trade statics and
customs seizures of infringing products between 2011 and 2013.
Notable points in the Report include:
In 2013, trade in counterfeit and
pirated products represented up to 2.5% of world trade. In the same
year, counterfeit and pirated products represented up to 5% of
total imports into the European Union.
A wide range of products are
infringed, from high-end luxury goods, through to common consumer
China is the largest source economy,
accounting for 63.2% of total seizures in 2013, along with the
highest number of seized counterfeit shipments originating from
Chinese companies are also frequently
affected by infringement.
The most affected countries are the
United States, Italy, France, Switzerland, Japan, Germany, the
United Kingdom and Luxembourg.
Trade routes and transit points
change in response to enforcement developments and security
During 2011 to 2013, more than
100,000 customs seizures of counterfeit and pirated goods occurred
Luxury products are the most
frequently seized goods.
After China and Hong Kong, Turkey is
noted as the second largest source economy during 2011 and 2013.
Turkish seizures constituted 3.3% of total global seizures in
The footwear industry is the sector
most hit globally by infringement.
Almost 62% of seizures were postal
shipments and small shipment is a rising trend.
A significant amount of infringing
labels and packaging were also seized, apart from infringing
The Report was jointly prepared by the OECD and European Union
Intellectual Property Office, with support from the World Customs
Organization and the Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs
Union. Please see this link for full text of Report.
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