DHS Releases Report to Help Combat Illicit Trade

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released Combating Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods which provides best practices for the U.S. Government and private sector stakeholders to combat illicit trade.

According to the report “despite public and private efforts to-date, the online availability of counterfeit and pirated goods continues to increase. Strong government action is necessary.”  The report offers suggestions for 11 Immediate Actions by DHS and Recommendations for the U.S. Government ranging from imposing fines and other punitive measures to establishing a National Consumer Awareness Campaign.

However, government action alone will not be enough, and private sector stakeholders must be involved. Therefore, the report also includes 10 Best Practices for E-Commerce Platforms and Third-Party Marketplaces emphasizing the need for the private sector to “take a more active role in monitoring, detecting, and preventing trafficking in counterfeit and pirated goods.”

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