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Maritime Community clamps down on shipping of counterfeit goods

Representatives of the
maritime industry have developed a set of best practices to reduce the volume
of counterfeits shipped around the globe through checks on their customers and
supply chains.

The recommended best practices were developed as part
of the on-going collaboration of signatories to the ‘Declaration of Intent to
stop the Maritime transport of counterfeits’ (DOI)—a joint effort between
members of the global shipping industry and brand owners to work together to
prevent the transport of counterfeit goods on shipping vessels.
The new recommended best practices paper builds on a
previous document on Know Your Customer (KYC), which was launched in March at
the TPM Maritime logistics conference in Long Beach, California.
This new document expands to cover due diligence
recommendations for existing customers, as well as further voluntary measure
for both brands and maritime operators to improve the integrity of their
relationships throughout the maritime supply chain.
“The launch of the KYC, Due Diligence and Supply Chain
Integrity Best Practices paper is one more concrete example of the successful
collaboration between brand owners, vessel operators and freight forwarders who
have come together under the DOI,”
 says Sophie
Peresson, Director of ICC’s Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy
“We all have our own perspectives and experiences but
we needed to create something that works well for all of us—voluntary best
practices aimed at helping companies prevent the maritime shipment of counterfeits
and which fit into companies’ supply chain procedures.”
The paper was launched at the International Law
Enforcement Intellectual Property Crime conference in Dubai on 26 September.
The DOI is a voluntary and non-binding statement
developed and first signed in November 2016. It acknowledges the “destructive
impact” of counterfeits on international trade.
The Principles of the Declaration include a
zero-tolerance policy towards counterfeiting, as well as a commitment to strict
supply chain controls, risk profiling and due diligence checks to ensure
maritime operators are not inadvertently co-operating with those involved with
During the event, Turkish maritime company ARKAS, which
has a fleet of over 53 ships, joined as signatory of the DoI. Other signatories
of the declaration already include industry majors such as Maersk, MSC, and CMA
A report by Frontier Economics, commissioned by BASCAP
and the International Trademark Association, predicts the total annual cost of
counterfeiting and digital piracy at between USD 923 billion—USD 1.13 trillion
and predicts this could double by 2022 if current trends continue.
World Maritime News.

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