In the first 7 months of 2013, police in China conducted over 19,000 anti-counterfeiting cases throughout the country. The Ministry of Public Security reported that the counterfeit products seized and destroyed by the Chinese security service included: Over 5,000 tonnes of counterfeit food and beverages. Two billion counterfeit drugs and tablets. Over 3,100 tonnes of… Continue reading Counterfeiting Cases Investigated by China in First 7 Months of 2013
The sale of illegal and counterfeit pesticides around the world generates $5.8 Billion (€4.4 Billion) in sales, according to the European Crop Protection Association. In Europe, the sales of the pesticides generates at least $1.2 Billion (€1 Billion). Counterfeit and substandard pesticides make up to 10 percent of Europe’s total crop protection market. Source: Martha… Continue reading Sales Value of Illegal Pesticides
Officials with the Ministry of Agriculture stated that over 33,000 tons of counterfeit pesticides, seeds and other agriculture materials were seized in 2012. Source: Xinhua, “China to crack down on counterfeit agricultural materials,” People’s Daily, February 26, 2013.
In some markets within the European Union, up to 25 percent of the pesticides sold originated from the black market. These black market pesticides are either substandard or are counterfeit versions of the pesticide.
The sales of counterfeit products in Indonesia causes tax losses of up to $4.8 Billion (43.2 Trillion Indonesian Rupiahs) in 2010.
30 percent of the estimated 8,700 seed companies operating in China, or 2,610 companies, are believed to be invovled in producing and selling counterfeit seeds to farmers.
In the first half of 2011, Chinese authorities conducted 336 investigative cases on the counterfeiting of pesticides, seeds and fertilizers. Counterfeit farming materials worth $23.5 Million (153 Million Yuan) was seized in the raids, along with 7,200 metric tons of counterfeit seeds.
Below are losses to selected countries in Europe from counterfeit pesticides. Country Losses Czech Republic 4.19 Million Germany 39.4 Million Greece 13.3 Million Hungary 6.6 Million Poland 22.9 Million Spain 103 Million Source: “Counterfeit Pesticides Across Europe-2008,” European Crop Protection Association, August 2008.
The trade in counterfeit pesticides in Malaysia is worth $19 Million (60 Million Malaysian Ringgits).
Counterfeit goods in Argentina account for 75 percent of all sales made within the country, according to an estimate published by the European Trade Commission.