The Electronic Retailing Association

Call for Action: Europe must step up its efforts to combat the sale of counterfeit goods via online marketplaces

by SR-Officer Sabine Christmann LL.M. (LSE)

In 2016, imports of counterfeit and pirated products into the EU amounted to as much as EUR 121 billion (USD 134 billion), which represents up to 6.8% of EU imports vs. 5% of EU imports in 2013. Tendency: increasing

Counterfeiting and piracy cause serious sales and revenue losses for companies, leading to direct and indirect job losses in the European Union and government revenue losses in EU Member States. It has a negative impact on the sales and profits of affected firms, as well as broader adverse effects on the economy as well as public health, safety and security.

ERA Europe urges the newly elected European bodies to increase their efforts in combating the imports of counterfeit goods in the European market.

Vera Nickel, Chairwoman of ERA Europe's Governmental Affairs Committee and HSE24 Vice President Media Law, Media Policy and Network Development said: “Our members are committed to a high standard of products, providing excellent customer service, building up consumer trust, investing in jobs. The sale of counterfeit goods via online marketplaces is undermining not only efforts but also consumer trust. This is why ERA Europe has just launched an action plan to fight against this and published a position paper for stepping up the efforts in this field.”

For further details please download our Counterfeiting position paper below:

Call for action to combat the e-commerce sales of counterfeit goods through online marketplaces: Shifting liability to the online marketplaces, July 2019