13/03/2018 - Free trade zones drive foreign investment, jobs and growth – but they also unwittingly offer criminals a safe haven for trafficking counterfeit goods, which are a drain on economies and carry health and safety risks. A new report by the OECD and the EU Intellectual Property Office uses data from half a million customs seizures to analyse the impact of the proliferation of free trade zones globally on the international trade in fake products.
EUIPO Executive Director António Campinos and OECD Public Governance Director Marcos Bonturi will launch the joint report Trade in Counterfeit Goods and Free Trade Zones at 09:50 a.m. on Thursday 15 March during an all-day meeting of the OECD Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris. Please note that the remainder of the Task Force meeting is closed to the media.
The launch event will be webcast live at this address: https://oecdtv.webtv-solution.com/4667/or/task_force_on_countering_illicit_trade.html
To register to attend the launch, or to request an advance copy of the report under embargo, journalists are invited to contact Louise Fietz in the OECD Media Office.
The report is part of the OECD’s ongoing work to analyse and combat counterfeit trade. This includes an April 2016 report which found that 2.5% of imported goods are fakes, and a March 1 2018 report, Governance Frameworks to Counter Illicit Trade, showing how inconsistent penalties, insufficient screening and a lack of visibility facilitate trafficking.
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