DHS Eyes Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods
January 27, 2020
historic Memorandum provides a much warranted and long overdue call
to action in the U.S. Government’s fight against a massive form of
illicit trade that is inflicting significant harm on the American
homeland. The counterfeiting and pirating of goods must be stopped
in its tracks and DHS is leading the way in protecting both
consumers and businesses,” said Acting Secretary Wolf.
“Since its inception the
IPR Center has provided public engagement and law enforcement
training to partners from more than 100 countries. As with many of
our joint investigative priorities, an informed public adds greater
strength to our daily efforts to deny transnational criminal
organizations the essential payday they need to carry out additional
criminal activity. When it comes to public safety and the security
of our nation, we can never have too many partners,” said U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Matthew T.
The rapid growth of
e-commerce platforms has helped fuel the growth of counterfeit and
pirated goods into a half trillion-dollar industry. This illicit
trade has an enormous impact on the American economy by eroding the
competitiveness of American workers, manufacturers and innovation.
These goods also represent a national security threat as they may be
introduced into critical supply chains or used to generate revenue
for transnational criminal organizations.