Despite adequate laws, South American countries are hit hard by counterfeiting,
mainly because of enforcement problems, which are in turn due to inadequate
structural control and administrative inefficiency. Rodrigo Borges Carneiro
and Mauro Ivan C R dos Santos of Dannemann Siemsen Bigler & Ipanema Moreira
in Rio look at the situation in the Southern Cone Common Market, its member
states, Chile, the Andean Community and possible developments under the Free
Trade Area of the Americas.