Tracking illicit trade

The World Customs Organisation’s (WCO) second edition of the Illicit Trade Report presents data based on customs seizures reported through the WCO Customs Enforcement Network (CEN) database by its members. Among the latest findings:

  • for IP rights seizures, both an increase in both the reporting countries and cases was observed (22,543 cases in 2012 and 24,092 cases in 2013); and
  • in 2013 more than half of the reported interceptions were illicit pharmaceutical products, followed by counterfeit electronic appliances and illicit foodstuffs – all of which threaten consumer health and safety.

Selected highlights follow:
 

Figure 1: Top counterfeit brands by number of cases

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Figure 2: Top counterfeit brands by reported quantity

Brand Quantity (pieces)

Supermatch

40, 000, 000

Medik-55

37, 206, 080

Zmc Hamburg Gmbh Germany

32, 232, 000

Cefalex

20, 718, 770

Dr Cold

20, 718, 770

Trama Z

20, 718, 770

Enacure

20, 718, 770

Zentral

20, 718, 770

Dexacot

20, 656, 669

Diabetaz

20, 656, 665

Honda

15, 033, 671

MGM

12, 519, 000

Seven Towns

12, 484, 800

Modern

10, 270, 000

MAC cosmetics

9, 306, 458

Duracell

8, 636, 779

Total 322, 595, 972

Figure 3: Destination country by number of cases

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