Global transport of counterfeit goods discussed at FIATA World Congress

Shipping containers

With only two percent of the 90% of total international trade being inspected for verification of goods (Source: UN Office on Drugs and Crime), it should be no surprise that organised criminal networks are taking full advantage of the containerised shipment of global goods.

A brand owner representative for The International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) addressed the issue of the global transportation of counterfeits at the 56th International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) World Congress in Malaysia. During the topic “Logistics Bridging Global Trade”, the BASCAP representative presented statistics on the global trade in counterfeits and the work that is being done with the maritime sector to tackle the situation.

In November 2016, “The Declaration of Intent to Prevent the Maritime Transport of Counterfeit Goods” was signed to mark the first time that brand owners and the global shipping industry came together to make a public commitment to work jointly to stop the transport of counterfeit goods aboard shipping vessels. FIATA was one of the initial signatories to join ICC BASCAP and ICC’s Commercial Crime Services (CCS) in signing this document.

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