Declaration of Intent to Prevent Maritime Transport of Counterfeits

Brand owners and representatives from the international shipping industry have joined forces in signing an historic declaration of intent aimed at preventing the maritime transport of counterfeit goods. Leaders from global shipping firms, freight forwarders, brand owners - whose products are counterfeited - and industry organisations representing both industries signed a joint " Declaration of Intent to Prevent the Maritime Transport of Counterfeit Goods " today in Brussels. It marks the first time the global shipping industry and brand owners have made a public commitment to work together to stop the transport of counterfeit goods on shipping vessels. Initial signatories include the leading global shipping firms and freight forwarders and ten major multinational brand manufacturers, along with the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), and the International Chamber of Commerce's (ICC) Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) and Commercial Crime Service (CCS). More transporters, brand owners and their industry associations are expected to join the voluntary initiative as awareness grows. According to the United Nations (UN) Office on Drugs and Crime, about 90% of all international trade is moved around the world in more than 500 million containers on 89,000 maritime vessels. While this represents approximately 90% of all international trade, UNODC says that less than 2% of these containers are inspected to verify their contents. This results in enormous opportunities for criminal networks to abuse this critical supply chain channel to transport huge volumes of counterfeit products affecting virtually every product sector. According to a recent OECD/EUIPO report, US$ 461 billion in counterfeit goods moved through international trade in 2013, with almost 10% being shipped on maritime vessels. The next step is to move forward with discussions with our maritime industry partners to develop specific projects, focusing initially on promoting the Declaration to others in the industry, and developing a detailed series of measures on improved information sharing and other initiatives suggested in the document. For full news..visit


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