Examining Supply Chains for Counterfeit Products: Competitors, Customers, and Potential Customers

Investigating Origin and Destination Countries 

Counterfeit goods frequently originate in nations with lax intellectual property laws and are shipped to regions with high demand. By analyzing data from bills of lading, companies can identify these patterns and trace the origins of these illicit products.

  • Observing Shipping Routes and Entry Points: Counterfeit goods often enter the market through particular ports or shipping routes. By monitoring data from bills of lading, businesses can identify these patterns and effectively allocate inspection resources.
  • Assessing Import Quantities and Values: In general, counterfeit goods are manufactured in large quantities and sold at low prices. Identifying suspicious shipments and prioritizing inspection efforts on high-risk items can be aided by evaluating the quantity and value of imported products.
  • Contrasting Product Descriptions and Actual Goods: To avoid detection, counterfeit goods frequently bear deceptive or inaccurate product descriptions. By analyzing data from bills of lading and comparing product descriptions to actual items, businesses can detect counterfeit products more effectively.


Offering Authorities Verifiable, Concrete Evidence

  • Create a paper trail: Document the movement of goods from the origin site to the destination point.
  • Obtain Import Data: Collect data on the quantity, value, and origin of imported goods in order to identify suspicious cargo of counterfeit goods.
  • Analyze Expense Data: Correlate information from bills of lading to identify patterns and anomalies that may indicate the presence of counterfeit products in the supply chain.
  • Check Container and Shipment Information: Cross-reference container and shipment data to ensure the veracity of bills of lading, including information such as the original manufacturer, pricing, and origin and destination countries.
  • Recognize Key Participants in the Counterfeit Trade: Determine the key participants in the trade of counterfeit products.
  • Cooperate with International Stakeholders: Collaborate with cross-border industry groups and custodians of intellectual property rights to increase the effectiveness of anti-counterfeiting efforts and prevent the sale and purchase of counterfeit products.


Provide Authorities with Evidence That Can Be Verified: Providing authorities with tangible evidence can facilitate legal action against counterfeiters and their accomplices, thereby discouraging others from engaging in unlawful activity.