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Counterfeiting has become a huge, highly-organized, global business.

Over a decade ago, counterfeit goods were limited in volume and variety – but today, they have escalated to unprecedented levels. Counterfeit and pirated products extend across many categories.

Types of Commodities Seized in 2012

Did You Know?

  • From 2005 to 2012, the RCMP has seen an upward trend in the number of documented cases involving counterfeit and pirated goods.
  • There is a noticeable yearly increase in the number of occurrences involving harmful counterfeit products from 11.5% in 2005 to 30.4% in 2012.
  • In 2012, the RCMP reported a total of 726 occurrences, a slight decrease from the previous year due to other priority cases drawing upon federal resources.
  • Commodity types most frequently documented by the RCMP in 2012 were apparel and footwear, accounting for 45% of all goods seized, followed by audio-visual and copyrighted works at 20%.
  • In 2012, over 200 cases of harmful counterfeit products were investigated, including commodities such as toys, pharmaceuticals, perfume, integrated circuits, makeup, headphones, wheel bearings, cellular phones, and batteries.

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