The close link between counterfeiting and organized crime

Counterfeiting is growing at a fast pace across the world. Different reports show disturbing figures related to counterfeiting.

According to Global Brand Counterfeiting Report, “The amount of total counterfeiting globally has reached 1.2 Trillion USD in 2017 and is bound to reach 1.82 Trillion USD by the year 2020 which includes counterfeiting of all equipment/products from defense equipment’s to counterfeiting of watches.”

The report also states that losses incurred by luxury brands because of the sale of counterfeiting through the internet accounted for 30.3 Billion USD.

A report by OECD states that trade in fake goods is 3.3% of the world trade.

Link between counterfeiting and criminal activities

The above-mentioned figures clearly point towards the high growth of counterfeiting over the last few years, however, counterfeiting has also led to the growth of other criminal activities.

Many organized criminals deal in the sale of counterfeit goods as it is a lucrative business and there are less severe punishments to deal with it. With the penetration of the internet in far-flung places, criminals are making huge profits by selling counterfeits in the e-commerce space.

So, what do these criminals do with the money made by selling counterfeit goods? In most cases, they use it to fuel other criminal activities like human trafficking, illegal arms trade, drug trade, and even terrorism.

One can remember the Charlie Hebdo attacks in France in which many people died. The gruesome attacks were carried out by selling fake sneakers. Many international organizations have established a close link between counterfeiting and other criminal activities.

Conclusion

Counterfeiting is a growing menace across the world. The crime promotes other heinous crimes and the vicious cycle continues without an end. However, counterfeiting can be prevented by increasing consumer awareness, strict implementation of regulatory measures and ensuring the use of anti-counterfeiting solutions.

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The rising problem of knowingly buying fakes

The world is flooded with counterfeit products of all kinds, from fake Louis Vuitton bag to phoney Tissot watches, counterfeit Cartier pens to duplicate Adidas sneakers, fake Apple devices to fake MAC makeup kit- the list seems endless.

However, counterfeiting not just impacts luxurious brands but also affects those products which are affordable for the common man. With the growth of online trade, a large number of fake products and accessories are being sold online. Of late, global e-commerce giants like Amazon and Alibaba are suffering from the menace of counterfeit goods.

According to a report by Research and Markets, the global value of counterfeiting has reached a monstrous value of more than $1 trillion.

Impact of buying decisions on counterfeiting

Consumers play a major role in the impact of counterfeiting. While numerous buyers are being duped with fake products, there are many who knowingly buy fakes.

A recent report by OECD states that a large number of buyers in the UK were knowingly buying fakes. The report states, “Bulk of purchases of fashion and luxury-specific fakes did not occur by chance. Instead, nearly 60% of purchases of counterfeit fashion items in the UK were done intentionally by consumers who knew that they were buying fakes.”

According to a survey conducted by Civic Science in the US, “Around 10% of respondents had purchased a counterfeit knowingly.”

Over the years, there are many factors that have contributed to the rising consumer trend of knowingly buying fakes. Some of them are a rise of social media influencers, pop culture and a personal likeness for brands and luxurious goods. In a scenario when the common man is not able to purchase original costly items, he or she resorts to buying fake items- for fulfilling the desire.

The problem due to knowingly buying counterfeits

No wonder, there are numerous problems caused due to fake goods, however, in most cases, a consumer is not aware if he or she is buying a counterfeit or not.

The problem of knowingly buying fakes is a grave concern because in this scenario the consumer is promoting the sale of counterfeits. In such a case, awareness regarding fake brands turns futile and manufacturers are not able to take concrete action.

To deal with the same, strict regulatory measures should be implemented which prevent the sale of counterfeits on all the platforms. Moreover, manufacturers should resort to secure packaging solutions for enhanced supply chain security and inventory visibility.

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How does counterfeiting affects the economy?

Counterfeiting is a trillion-dollar illegal business having its presence in almost every part of the world. Today, counterfeiting is posing a threat to not just the consumers but also to the economic growth of the nations.

The menace of counterfeiting has reached a global value of trillions of dollars. Counterfeit products are not just posing a threat to the legitimate manufacturers but also to consumers. We often come across news reports from different parts of the world where consumers have been badly affected by fake products.

As per a joint report by OECD and EUIPO, “Global sales of fake and pirated goods have soared to 460 billion euros ($522 billion) a year, amounting to a whopping 3.3 percent of world trade.” The report also states the nations most affected by counterfeiting which includes the United States, Japan, South Korea, and the EU states. However, the effects of counterfeiting are not just visible in developed countries but are also hampering the growth of the developing world.

According to ASPA the value of counterfeiting in India has reached one lakh crore annually and is causing big trouble to the national economy.

Let’s discuss some of the negative impacts of counterfeiting on the economy of the country.

  • Evasion of taxes: The growing counterfeit products industry thrive in the market without paying taxes to the government. Unlike genuine manufacturers, they evade taxes that are necessary for the government exchequer. This prevents the government to sufficiently spend on welfare projects and schemes.
  • Rise in unemployment: Counterfeit products cause monetary losses to the manufacturers. Due to the slowdown, they are not able to recruit new employees. The financial instability of the industries creates massive unemployment which is linked indirectly to the problem of fake products.
  • Diminishes foreign investment: It has been generally seen that countries with weak IP laws and poor regulatory measures become the breeding ground for counterfeit activities. Such countries blur their chances of foreign investments. Counterfeiting diminishes the chances of foreign direct investments and thus block the economic growth of a country.
  • Promotes other black-market activities: Counterfeiting fuels other black-market activities and is a lucrative business for organized criminals. With the money acquired from the sale of counterfeits, they fund their vast network, which is involved in drug trafficking, human trafficking, illegal arms, prostitution, etc.

Finally, we can conclude that counterfeiting has multiple negative effects, which are very harmful to the economic growth of the country if not checked on time by authorities and the respective governments of their countries.

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The negative effects of counterfeiting on the economy

Counterfeiting is a trillion-dollar illegal business having its presence in almost every part of the world. Today, counterfeiting is posing a threat to not just the consumers but also to the economic growth of the nations.

According to an OECD and EUIPO report, “Global sales of counterfeit and pirated goods have soared to 460 billion euros ($522 billion) a year, amounting to a whopping 3.3 per cent of world trade.”

The report also states the nations most affected by counterfeiting which includes the United States, Japan, South Korea and the EU states. However, the effects of counterfeiting are not just visible in developed countries but are also hampering the growth of the developing world.

Let’s discuss some of the impacts of counterfeiting on the economy of a country:

Evasion of taxes: Counterfeiting leads to evasion of taxes. The mammoth counterfeiting industry sells its products in the market without paying taxes to the government. This leads to a loss of the government exchequer and finally, the government is not able to spend enough on welfare projects and schemes.

Rise in unemployment: Since the counterfeit industry takes away the profits of credible companies, they are not able to recruit new employees. The financial instability of the industries creates massive unemployment which is linked indirectly to the problem of counterfeiting.

Diminishes foreign investment: It has been generally seen that countries with weak IP laws and poor regulatory measures become the breeding ground for counterfeit activities. Such countries blur their chances of foreign investments. Counterfeiting diminishes the chances of foreign direct investments and thus block the economic growth of a country.

Fuels other black-market activities: Counterfeiting fuels other black-market activities and is a lucrative business for organized criminals. With the money acquired from the sale of counterfeits, they fund their vast network, which is involved in drugs trafficking, human trafficking, illegal arms, prostitution etc.

Finally, we can conclude that counterfeiting has multiple negative effects, which are very harmful to the economic growth of the country if not checked on time by authorities and the respective governments of their countries.

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The rise of counterfeiting in the footwear industry

According to a report by OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) and EU’s (European Union’s) Intellectual Property Office states that the footwear industry is the most affected by the problem of counterfeiting. Some of the famous brands affected by counterfeiting or duplication are Nike. Adidas, Sketchers, Reebok, Asics, etc.

Fake footwear represented around 22% of the overall share of counterfeited and pirated goods seized in the year 2016.

Nowadays consumers have become highly brand conscious, but everyone cannot afford a costly branded product. In order to satiate their need for buying luxury goods at low prices, people have shifted their focus towards fake goods. Selling and buying of fake items are illegal as they violate the intellectual property rights of the brands.

With the growth of e-commerce, it has become quite challenging to stop the sale of counterfeits. This is because a consumer cannot differentiate between a genuine and an original product by just seeing an image online.

According to a report, the global footwear market was valued at approximately USD 246.07 billion in 2017 and is expected to generate revenue of around USD 320.44 billion by the end of 2023, growing at a CAGR of around 4.5% between 2017 and 2023.

Fake footwear may fulfil your urge for branded goods, but they easily wear out or may cause injury or accidents many times. Counterfeit footwear leads to loss of profits, drop down in the reputations of the brands and also leads to massive unemployment.

Duplicate footwear can be curbed with the help of effective regulatory measures, the use of anti-duplication technologies and most importantly by generating awareness among the consumers and retailers regarding the drawbacks of fake footwear items. Some of the anti-counterfeiting measures are holograms, security labels, QR codes, holographic films, and other flexible packaging products.

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Counterfeiting on the global level-An overview

Counterfeiting or duplication is a growing problem across the world. It badly affects the government, businesses, and consumers. People across the world are suffering from the menace of duplicate products which is regularly authenticated by different reports and news coming from different parts of the world.

Market experts believe that the growing globalization is the main reason behind rampant duplication. They say that in order to increase their manufacturing capacity and hire cheap labor big companies shifted their base to developing and third world countries. However, the major problem in these areas was that of lack of anti-duplication regulation and poor IP laws.

This made the way for counterfeiters and they were easily able to steal technology to manufacture duplicate goods. With the passage of time, they became more organized and took counterfeiting on a much larger scale.

According to a report by OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) United States, Italy, France, Switzerland, Japan, and Germany are the hardest hit countries, with the majority (83%) of fake goods originating (not surprisingly) from China and Hong Kong. European brands are among the most impacted, with an estimated 5% of all goods imported into the European Union (EU) being fake. This represents as much as $118 billion.

With the growth and penetration of internet technology counterfeits are now being sold on different internet platforms. According to the International Trademark Association, “Criminals prefer to sell counterfeits on the Internet for many reasons. They can hide behind the anonymity of the Internet with the Dark Web even their IP addresses can be hidden. The Internet gives them the reach to sell to consumers globally-outside of the national limits of law enforcement.”

The global problem of counterfeiting must be addressed on multiple fronts with collaborative efforts of the government, industry players and anti-counterfeiting solution providers.