Risk governance


Trends in Trade in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods

This study examines the value, scope and trends of trade in counterfeit and pirated goods. First, it presents the overall scale of this trade and discusses which parts of the economy are particularly at risk. Next, it looks at the main economies of origin of fakes in global trade. Finally, it analyses recent trends in terms of changing modes of shipment and the evolution of trade flows.

Published on March 18, 2019

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Executive summary
Counterfeiting – The current landscape
How to update the picture?
Trade in counterfeit goods at first glance
Trade in fakes – The current picture
The European Union case study
Annexes2 chapters available
Methodological notes
Additional Tables
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Key findings

The intensity of counterfeiting and piracy is on the rise, with significant risk for knowledge-based, open & globalised economies.
Imports of counterfeit and pirated products into the EU amounted to as much as EUR 121 billion (6.8 % of EU imports, up from 5 % in 2013).
Counterfeiters thrive in poor governance environments and misuse many good trade solutions, including free trade zones and small parcels.