Counterfeit Goods

Information and statistics about counterfeiting and the sale of counterfeit goods. Estimated losses from counterfeits, markets where fake goods are sold, and other piracy statistics are collected from criminal justice programs and public information sources.

Companies in China are providing counterfeit driver licenses and other forms of fake identifications through an online website.  According to college students who use the service to buy ID cards that allow them to enter bars and clubs, the fake id costs $300 for one ID, $400 for 2, and $75 per fake ID if the person orders over 75 copies.

Source: Ashley Halsey III, “Latest counterfeit IDs are so good they’re dangerous,” Washington Post, July 30, 2011.

One out of every 100 customers in Israel is estimated to have purchased counterfeit drugs without their knowledge. The sales took place on the Internet, street sales, newspaper classifieds and occasionally at legitimate pharmacies.

Source: Judy Siegel-Itzkovich, “Pfizer Israel: Viagra sniffer dogs sent to Finland,” Jerusalem Post, July 29, 2011.

959,486 packs of smuggled cigarettes were found in Turkey in 2010, an increase of almost 50 percent from the 448,092 packs found in 2009.

38,219 bottles of smuggled alcohol were discovered in 2010, an increase of 63 percent from the 23,459 bottles discovered in 2009.

There was also an increase of counterfeit alcohol bottles in Turkey, with 14,012 bottles found in 2010, up from the 1,062 bottles found in 2009.

616 people in 2010 and 597 people in 2009 were charged by the criminal justice system in Turkey for smuggling  alcohol and cigarettes within the black market.

Source: Ankara, “High alcohol, cigarette taxes in Turkey promote smuggling, fraud,” Hurriyet Daily News, May 5, 2011.

Pirated books makes up to 85 percent of all sales in foreign language schools and universities in Vietnam.

The piracy rate for English language books itself was previously reported to be higher at 90 percent.

Source: “English schools face book-piracy lawsuit,” VietNam News, July 28, 2011.

Italian organized crime group the Camorra is estimated to earn up to $25 Billion a year from selling counterfeit goods in the United States and Europe.

Source: Dow Jones, “President Obama Cracks Down On Organized Crime,” Nasdaq, July 25, 2011.


$34 Billion (24 Billion Euros) worth of counterfeit toys was seized at the external borders of the European Union in 2010. Counterfeit toys consisted of 7 percent of all counterfeit goods seized by EU authorities in 2010.

98 percent of the fake toys seized originated from China.

Source: “Counterfeit toys worth almost €25 billion seized at EU borders,” Toy Industries of Europe, Press Release, July 14, 2011.

A report found that almost half of foreign travelers from the United Kingdom purchased counterfeit goods while traveling abroad.

The most popular countries where counterfeit purchases took place were Greece, Turkey, Spain, Thailand and China.

The most popular counterfeit goods purchased by UK travelers was replica purses, followed by replica clothing, sunglasses, replica watches and jewelry.

Source: “Tourist traps: Over half of UK holidaymakers buy counterfeit goods abroad thinking they’re saving money,” Daily Mail, July 21, 2011.

An estimated 2 million counterfeit golf clubs are sold each year, according to the Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group.

Nearly 80 percent of the fake golf clubs seized over an 18-month period was made in China.

Counterfeit golf equipment losses are estimated to be  at $6.5 Billion a year.

Source: Matt Forman, “Buyer beware: Counterfeit golf clubs have become rampant,” Miami Herald, July 21, 2011.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police conducted over 1,500 cases of counterfeiting between the 2003 and 2008. $67 Million (64 Million Canadian Dollars) worth of fake goods was seized as  a result of those cases.

The counterfeit goods market in Canada is estimated to be worth $30 Billion a year.

 Source: Vanessa Lu, “Alternate reality: Counterfeiting business is growing,” Toronto Star, July 21, 2011.

There are a reported 400 million pirated downloads on the Internet in Spain each year.

100 million cinema tickets are sold each year in the country.

Source: John Hopewell, “MPAA’s Dodd praises Spain’s anti-piracy moves,” Variety, July 19, 2011.