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OECD Launch Event: “E-Commerce Challenges in Illicit Trade in Fakes” Report

December 13, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

The OECD is publishing its “e-Commerce Challenges in Illicit Trade in Fakes” report on December 13, 2021 at 9:00 am EST. Business at OECD (BIAC) Anti-Illicit Trade Expert Group (AITEG) Chair, David Luna, who also serves as USCIB Anti-Illicit Trade Committee Chair, will be speaking at the event.

RSVP: Please note that there is very limited in-person participation onsite at the National IPR Center in Arlington, Virginia. Spaces will be accepted on a first come first serve basis so please explicitly include in your RSVP if you are interested in participating in-person rather than virtually. Please RSVP to Megan Giblin, mgiblin@uscib.org, and Ashley Harrington (aharrington@uscib.org) by December 12.

Event Summary: Trade in counterfeit goods is a longstanding — and growing — worldwide socio-economic risk that threatens effective public governance, efficient business, and the well-being of consumers. One of the areas that have garnered increased attention in recent years has been the use by counterfeiters and other illicit traders of e-commerce to cloak their activities. Trading platforms such as Amazon, eBay have been instrumental in promoting growth in e-commerce, but they can also be abused by illicit trade networks. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these problems, as people turn to e-commerce during lockdowns and shop closures. Governments and industries have recognized these problems and are addressing them in various ways, including by providing more transparency, streamlining procedures, and facilitating co-operation among e-commerce platforms, right holders and governments.

This report provides an overview of these government- and industry-specific measures to address the abuse of online platforms by counterfeiters. Given the global and borderless nature of e-commerce, such information is crucially needed, not only to better understand this threat and different approaches for tackling  it, but also for coordinating effective governance responses.

This study was carried out under the auspices of the OECD’s Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade, which focuses on evidence-based research and advanced analytics to assist policy makers in mapping and understanding the vulnerabilities exploited by illicit trade.

Event Agenda:

  • Opening remarks
  • E-commerce challenges in illicit trade in fakes.
  • Industry Perspective
  • Q&A
  • Closing remarks



December 13, 2021
9:00 am - 10:00 am
WP ID: 56767 - Doc ID: 0