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Mumbai's Heera Panna is hurting US economy; here's how

Updated on: 31 January,2024 04:55 AM IST  |  Mumbai
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It is among markets in three Indian cities that figure in America’s Notorious Markets List

Mumbai's Heera Panna is hurting US economy; here's how

Apart from Heera Panna, the report mentions Tank Road and Sadar Patrappa Road Market. File pic

Three Indian markets in three cities, including one in New Delhi, and three online markets have figured in the annual Notorious Markets List of the US Trade Representatives (USTR) released on Tuesday, in which China continues to be in the number one spot.

The 2023 Notorious Markets List identifies 39 online markets and 33 physical markets that are reported to engage in or facilitate substantial trademark counterfeiting or copyright piracy. The three Indian markets are Heera Panna in Mumbai, Tank Road in Karol Bagh, New Delhi and Sadar Patrappa Road Market in Bengaluru.

Among the online Indian markets that figure in the list are IndiaMart, Vegamovies, and WHMCS Smarters. “The trade in counterfeit and pirated goods harms workers, consumers, and small businesses, and ultimately hurts the US economy,” said US Trade Representative Katherine Tai.

“This year’s Notorious Markets List is significant because it underscores the potential dangers of counterfeit goods and why robust enforcement to combat trade in these goods is important to growing our economy from the middle out and the bottom up,” she said. The identified 39 online markets and 33 physical markets are reported to engage in or facilitate substantial trademark counterfeiting or copyright piracy, The 2023 Notorious Markets List said.

This includes the China-based e-commerce and social commerce markets Taobao, WeChat, DHGate, and Pinduoduo, as well as the cloud storage service Baidu Wangpan. Other listed markets include seven physical markets in China known for the manufacture, distribution, and sale of counterfeit goods. USTR first identified notorious markets in the Special 301 Report in 2006. Since February 2011, USTR has published annually the Notorious Markets List separately from the Special 301 Report, to increase public awareness and help market operators and governments prioritise intellectual property enforcement efforts that protect US workers and businesses.

The report says that China continues to be the number one source of counterfeit products in the world. Counterfeit and pirated goods from China, together with trans-shipped goods from China to Hong Kong, accounted for 60 per cent of the value (measured by the manufacturer’s suggested retail price) of counterfeit and pirated goods seized by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in 2022. With the end of COVID-19 restrictions, physical markets have experienced increased foot traffic and the return of counterfeit sales.

Online markets in the Notorious Markets List

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