On 13th March, the OECD in a media release said that a new report by the OECD and the EU Intellectual Property Office uses data from half a million customs seizures to analyse the impact of the proliferation of free trade zones globally on the international trade in fake products.  It said that free trade zones drive foreign investment, jobs and growth – but they also unwittingly offer criminals a safe haven for trafficking counterfeit goods, which are a drain on economies and carry health and safety risks.  The report itself will be formally launched on 15th March.


Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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