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.

Cigarette make Phillip Morris International claims that China was producing up to 190 billion counterfeit cigarettes each year.


Police in China seized 9.07 billion counterfeit cigarettes in 2006.

6,334 people were arrested for selling counterfeit cigarettes, with 2,313 prosecuted.

(Losses to counterfeit goods by market.)


41 billion counterfeit cigarettes produced each year in North Korea and are then sold in China, Japan, and the United States.

Intelligence agencies estimate that the country makes between $500 to $700 million per year selling the illegal cigarettes.

Source: Richard Lloyd Parry, “An economy built on drug dealers, ivory poachers and counterfeiters”, The Times (United Kingdom), October 11,2006.


Counterfeit cigarettes causes $220 Million in lost tax revenue to the government of Pakistan.


Counterfeit cigarettes causes tax revenue losses of $868 Million (600 Million Euros)  to the European Union



According to police in the United Kingdom, counterfeit cigarette sellers gain a profit of 2 GB Pounds per pack, leading to a rough estimate of 1 Billion GB Pounds in total market profit from selling fake cigarettes.

When customers in the UK come across packs of cigarettes that are sold less than the normal retail price, police estimate that 85 percent of the time the packs are counterfeits.

Around 1 million packs of counterfeit cigarettes are seized by police in the United Kingdom each day.


90 percent of all cigarettes smuggled in 2002 were counterfeit packs of cigarettes.


Cable operators in Asia lost $1.75 billion to piracy in 2008.

Satellite piracy in Canada costs $278 million.

Cable and Satellite Piracy in the United States costs 6.5 Billion.


In 1985, the estimated losses from pirated books around the world was $1 Million.


In 2004, there were between 25,000 to 30,000 pirated book available on the Internet.