U.S. Companies Most Affected by Counterfeiting
Counterfeit and pirated products
With a combined share of more than 75 percent, China and Hong Kong are by far the biggest provenance countries for fake goods, distantly followed by Turkey, Singapore and Germany who all accounted for a low single-digit share of global customs seizures in 2016. Looking at the countries most affected by counterfeits paints a slightly more diverse picture. Between 2014 and 2016, 24 percent of the total value of counterfeit products seized by customs around the world were infringing on intellectual property rights of companies based in the United States, with French, Italian and Swiss companies also heavily affected. Interestingly, the vast majority of fake or pirated products seized by customs authorities are shipped as small parcels. 69 percent of custom seizures between 2014 and 2016 were carried by postal or express courier services and 85 percent of intercepted shipments contained fewer than 10 items.
This chart shows the percentage of total value of seized counterfeit/pirated goods worldwide between 2014 and 2016, by country of copyright owner.