Excerpt from letter: “There appears to be a connection between the proliferation of online e-commerce and third-party marketplace platforms and the increase in counterfeit sales. OECD reports that ‘E-commerce platforms represent ideal storefronts for counterfeits and provide powerful platform[s] for counterfeiters.’ Additionally, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that e-commerce has ‘contributed to a shift in the sale of counterfeit goods with…counterfeiters producing a wider variety of goods that may be sold on websites alongside authentic products.’ Unsurprisingly, China is a significant threat when it comes to counterfeit goods. In fact, last year, more than 8 of every 10 counterfeit products seized at U.S. borders came from China or Hong Kong. OECD has also found that China appears to be ‘the single largest producing market’ of counterfeit products,” Walden, Rodgers, and Hudson wrote.
The letter to Amazon can be found HERE.