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In the US, too, there are fakes: 10 things that may not be real


Source: Yahoo

Each year, more than 275 million containers of goods are imported into the United States by ship, car, train, and aircraft. Last year, United States law enforcement agencies intercepted a total of 31 560 consignments containing counterfeit goods, which is 28 865 more than a year earlier.

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The loss of profits due to counterfeiting led to the loss of more 750 000 jobs. The total market value of such goods, whether genuine, in 2016 was 1,4 billion US dollars. To identify the most common counterfeit products entering the United States, Yahoo reviewed data from the Department of Homeland Security seizures.

These products are most often forged (ascending):

10. Automotive parts
Fake car parts account for about 2% of all products seized at the interface: airbags, windshields, brake pads and seat belts are among the most dangerous fraudulent products. Many of them are improperly manufactured using inadequate materials and may not meet federal safety standards.

9. Labels / Tags
Most fake labels and tags contain popular trademarks and are intended for use on counterfeit products to increase customer confidence. These are fabric labels and patches, adhesive stickers and holograms, paper hangers and zippers. The total percentage of seizures at US customs is also estimated at 2%.

8. Computers / Accessories
In 2016, US law enforcement agencies seized a total of 686 batches of counterfeit computers and computer accessories. The total market value of items was 19,3 million. Counterfeit computers and parts are often made of poor quality materials and can lead to dangerous malfunctions. In the 2011 year, it was discovered that the United States US Missile Defense System contained more than 80 000 counterfeit devices from China. Fake products could lead to a complete system failure or security breach.

7. Optical media
In 2016, US authorities intercepted 963 batches of optical multimedia products, such as CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray. Recently, pirated music, movies and games have moved from physical disks to Internet downloads and streaming. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, online piracy led to tens of thousands of job losses and undermined the process of creating music in general.

6. Pharmaceuticals / Personal Care
Faking pharmaceutical products has not only financial implications. Such drugs are made with the wrong dosage or may not contain the active ingredient of the drug. Although the Food and Drug Administration estimates that less than 1% of all drugs in developed countries are fake, counterfeit products are dangerous in developing countries, where some life-threatening diseases are still common.

5. Bags / Wallets
Fake handbags, which often imitate expensive designer brands, such as Burberry, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurentmay result in lost profits for legitimate manufacturers. The market value of the goods is a total of 234,1 million. The expansion of online commerce only increased the number of fakes sold. Up to 90% items of some brands sold on eBay in 2006, they were fakes.

4. Watches / Jewelry
Expensive watches such as Rolex, Cartier and Bvlgari, often faked. In 2016, seized fake watches and jewelry would cost $ 653,6 million if they were genuine: it is much more than any other type of fake product and 47% of the total market value of all goods confiscated last year. In 2014, law enforcement agencies seized watches and jewelry worth 375,4 million dollars. In New York for more than 30 for years, there has been an open market for fake watches.

3. Footwear
In 2016, the US Border Guard seized 3630 batches of counterfeit shoes, only in August - 7 800 pairs of fake Salvatore Ferragamo in the port of Los Angeles. According to the Department of Homeland Security, the total value of all shoes seized in 2016 was 51,2 million dollars, which is about 4% of the retail value of all goods seized.

2. Consumer electronics
In November, the US and Hong Kong customs authorities conducted a joint operation, which resulted in the seizure of 140 consignments of counterfeit consumer electronics. If they were genuine, their value would be 1,1 million dollars. Counterfeit consumer electronics are often made of poor-quality materials, and can pose a threat to the safety of consumers - overheating and igniting, beating with current.

1. Clothing / Accessories
In 2016, law enforcement agencies seized 6 406 consignments of clothing and accessories: more than in any other category of goods. One of the reasons for the increase in seizures was the National Center for the Coordination of Property Rights for Sporting Goods. As a result of the operation, the sports items seized were estimated at approximately 20 million dollars. In total, the retail value of all items of clothing and accessories seized in 2016 was 110,8 million USD.

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