Misuse of Small Parcels for Trade in Counterfeit Goods

Facts and Trends

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.

Published on December 12, 2018

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Executive summary
Small shipments and counterfeits: Ever greater challenges
An overview of international evidence on the misuse of small parcels by counterfeiters
Annexes2 chapters available
CN 23 customs declaration form
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Key findings

The value of trade in counterfeits in 2013 was 461 billion USD.
There are more and more complex trade routes due to a misuse of modern logistical solutions.
63% of the total number of seizures are small parcels.