Report: China Is Main Source of Counterfeit Goods
The International Hologram Manufacturers Association(IHMA) says reports from the EU, the Japan Patent Office and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are reminders of the “huge” threat posed to consumer safety – China is a leading supplier of goods to the world’s markets, and it is also the primary source for counterfeit items.
Of all the counterfeits confiscated at the European Union’s border in 2013, more than 79 percent had come from China – amounting to almost 36 million items. The top categories of items detained were clothing (12 percent), other goods (11 percent) and medicines (10 percent).
In Japan, almost 68 percent of companies that have been hurt by counterfeiting report they have suffered losses in China.
According to Ian Lancaster, the IHMA’s General Secretary, “Thousands of brand owners, along with those authorities responsible for legislation, are sure to be alarmed at these figures… More must be done – and quickly – to deal with the problem, and this might include increased integration of holograms as part of brand protection strategies.”