This study examines the potential for the misuse of small parcels for trade in counterfeit
and pirated goods. It presents the legal and economic contexts of the operation of
express and postal services. It also looks at the available data on volumes of small
consignments, via postal and courier streams, in the context of seizures of counterfeit
and pirated goods. Furthermore it analyses the links between the observed dynamics
in markets for small parcels and the available information on misuse of this service
by traffickers in counterfeit and pirated goods.