The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights and the OECD have published a report based on their study that aims at assessing quantitatively the value, scope and trends of trade in counterfeit and pirated tangible products.

The report reveals that nearly 63% of customs seizures of counterfeit and pirated goods involved small parcels, and 84% of shipments of counterfeit footwear, 77% of fake optical, photographic and medical equipment (mostly sunglasses), and 66% of customs seizures of information and communications technology (ICT) devices involved postal parcels or express shipments.

According to the report, although large container shipments account for most counterfeit traffic in terms of volume and value, customs authorities are increasingly seizing small parcel shipments of counterfeit and pirated goods.

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Source: IPR Helpdesk News
IP Study: Misuse of Small Parcels for Trade in Counterfeit Goods