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.

Counterfeit drugs and medicines are worth an estimated $650 Million in Mexico.

(All statistics about counterfeit drugs.)


In Russia, counterfeit drugs comprise of 3.5 percent to 12 percent of the total pharmaceutical drug market. Some experts believe it to be as high as 20 percent in the year 2005.

(Additional counterfeit goods statistics.)


Counterfeit drugs in Kenya is estimated to be wroth $130 Million.

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Up to 30 percent of the medicines and drugs sold in Africa are counterfeit.

(Losses to counterfeits by industry.)


According to the International Policy Network, some drug products in China “have a counterfeit prevalence ranging between 50 and 85 percent.”



As of 2005, there were an estimated 20 million lost or stolen passports circulating the world.

These passports are at risk of being doctored and used as counterfeit identification.

(More information about fake id cards and fake passports.)


In a database maintained by Interpol, 14 million lost or stolen identity documents were listed as of 2007.

(Latest information on fake ids here.)


Fake IDs are often including in the smuggling fees for undocumented immigrants who are smuggled from Mexico. While in the United States, undocumented immigrants are able to purchase fake identification from flea markets and other vendors for $75 to $300. Identity documents available for purchase include Social Security cards, Driver Licenses, and Green Cards.

(Prices charged by human smugglers.)


The human smuggling industry in China charges people between $10,000 to $25,000 to purchase a fraudulent passport, and between $3,000 to $5,000 to alter the photo of a passport.

Source: National Institute of Justice, “Characteristics of Chinese Human Smugglers,” Research in Brief, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, August 2004, pg.7, (accessed: September 3, 2006).

In Thailand, a basic counterfeit passport is able to be created in 2 hours for $245. For a higher quality counterfeit passport, the price rises to $1,000 to $1,250.

(Additional prices of fake passports and fake id cards for sale on the black market.)