FICCI CASCADE (Committee Against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy) has raised a serious concern on counterfeiting and smuggling. The body believes that the global economy has suffered massive financial loss due to counterfeiting and there has been an increase in its volume by 100 times.
The experts from FICCI CASCADE while speaking at a seminar highlighted the importance of increased awareness on the hazards of counterfeiting and smuggling, and the need for effective enforcement to enhance India’s economic development.
PC Jha, Advisor, FICCI CASCADE and Former Chairman, Central Board of Excise and Customs, stated that during the last twenty years, the volume of duplication has increased 100 times around the world and the size of the trade in duplicate goods is 10 percent of the legal international trade. He finally stressed on the seriousness of the problem of illicit trade.
Deep Chand, Advisor, FICCI CASCADE and Former Special Commissioner of Delhi Police emphasized on the need for consumers being continuously made aware of the detrimental impact of illicit products. He further said, “Consumer awareness campaigns that explain how to differentiate a spurious product from a genuine product to demanding a copy of the bill from the seller, along with the harmful consequences of purchasing illegal products.
As per the FICCI CASCADE report published in 2015, the total loss to the government on account of illicit markets in just seven manufacturing sectors is Rs 39,239 crores. Amongst the various sectors, the maximum revenue loss to the exchequer is attributed to tobacco products. Estimating a revenue loss of Rs 9139 crores, followed by mobile phones at Rs 6705 crores and alcoholic beverages at Rs 6309 crores.
According to a FICCI report, ‘Illicit Trade: Fuelling Terror Financing and Organized Crime’, counterfeiting is the second largest source of income for criminal activities. The global loss to employment would stand at 4.2 to 5.4 million in the year 2022.