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.

Every year in Latin America, up to 50 billion pages of books are illegally copied and pirated.


75 percent of mobile phone replacement batteries in India believed to be counterfeit.

Source: “Counterfeit account for 70-75% of replacement battery market: ICA,” The Economic Times, October 3, 2007.


$9 Billion in losses to automobile parts makers around the world are due to counterfeit auto parts made in China.

Sources: Associated Press, “U.S. firms fighting the flood of fakes,”, July 7, 2006,(accessed: July 10, 2006).

Up to 37 percent of auto parts sold in India are believed to have been counterfeits.

Source: Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association, “Counterfeiting-FACTS,”(accessed: May 1, 2006).

Around $200 million is lost in sales of auto parts to South Korean auto manufacturer Hyundai due to counterfeit parts made in China.

Source: “Chinese Imitations Undermining Korean Exports,” The Chosum Ilbo, January 15, 2007,(accessed: January 24, 2007).


Motor dealers in Kenya lost 65 percent of their market share to counterfeits in 2006, up from 50 percent in 2005. In addition, over 80 percent of Toyota parts in Kenya were found to be counterfeit.

Source: Roselyne Obala and Jane Akinyi, ” Revenue authority to investigate sale of counterfeit Toyota parts,” The Standard (Kenya), April 3, 2007.

$3 Billion in revenue is lost to parts suppliers in the United States due to counterfeit auto parts.

Source: Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association, “Counterfeiting-FACTS,”(accessed: May 1, 2006).

Ford Motor Company loses $ 1 billion to counterfeit each year

Source: “Fake parts reportedly cost Ford $1B,”, January 22, 2007,(accessed: September 25, 2007).

Counterfeit alcohol makes up to 40 percent of all alcohol sales in Russia.

Source: Food and Drink, “Russia plagued by counterfeit goods,” October 31, 2004.

42,000 people die every year in Russia from drinking counterfeit alcohol

Source: Steven Eke, “Fake Russian alcohol ‘kills many’”, BBC News, June 23, 2006.