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.

Movie piracy causes $1.5 Billion in losses to New York City.


In 2005, 80 percent of the content on mobile phones, such as ring tones,  were pirated.


Counterfeit lighters impact Zippo’s market by up to 30 percent. The loss of revenue for the company causes at least 150 jobs to being lost, according to company officials.


United States Authorities have seized around 50 Million Counterfeit Dollars known as Supernotes that originated from North Korea.

(Additional counterfeit currency statistics.)


North Korea earns an estimated $20 million  annually from selling counterfeit US dollars.

(Worldwide losses to counterfeit goods.)



Cigar Aficionado estimates that 80 to 90 percent of Cuban Cigars sold in the United States are counterfeit cigars.

Due to its geographic location, South Florida is considered to be the capital of counterfeit Cuban cigars in the United States.


Counterfeit cosmetics make up to 10 percent of the total French cosmetics market.

(Losses to businesses and industries to counterfeits.)


The counterfeit cosmetics market in the Gulf Region is estimated to be worth $210 million.


Shoppers in Italy spent $4.6 Billion on counterfeit clothing in 2006.

Source: Dow Jones, “Italy Contraband Market Europe’s No.1: Revenue Top EUR 7 Billion-Assoc,” Smart Money, October 24, 2007.

Counterfeit cigarettes creates tax revenue losses of up to $500 million in Brazil.

(Worldwide losses to counterfeits.)