Public governance

Trade in Counterfeit Goods and Free Trade Zones

Evidence from Recent Trends

Published on March 15, 2018


This study examines the potential for the misuse of Free Trade Zones (FTZs) for trade in counterfeit and pirated goods. It presents the evolution of the FTZs and the international legal framework in which they operate, the reasons for establishing such zones and the benefits they offer businesses, and, finally, the role these zones play in fuelling trade in counterfeit and pirated goods. It also analyses the links between the FTZs and trade in counterfeit products, and provides data on these links.



Executive Summary
Evolution of Free Trade Zones
Benefits and costs of zones for host economies and business
FTZs and trade in fakes: Empirical evidence
The institutional framework to combat illicit trade activities in FTZs
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