want to talk about counterfeits and the need for the Federal government to
modernize its approach to information sharing.
pose a danger to the health and safety of consumers. They also infringe on U.S.
intellectual property rights and unfairly benefit international criminals. This
will come as no surprise to anyone.
majority of fake goods come from China and Hong Kong. And, the United States?
Well, we are the biggest loser when it comes to IP-related crime and activity.
the problem of counterfeits has only gotten worse during the pandemic. Americans
have increasingly turned to e-commerce to buy goods like personal protective
equipment, household products and cleaners, children’s toys and so on.
use the same e-commerce sites to sell their bogus goods. These sites give
criminals an air of legitimacy, and make it harder for law enforcement to catch
them. E-commerce sites also let criminals create multiple product listings that
can trick consumers into purchasing fake goods.
there is money to be made, criminals will find ways to profit at the expense of
others—even in the event of a global pandemic. However, there is some good
news. We have ways of addressing the problem.
week, I introduced legislation that will give U.S. Customs and Border
Protection (CBP) more authority to share information with rights holders and
other interested parties on suspected counterfeit merchandise. This is an issue
I first identified as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, when I
investigated counterfeit goods sold online.
this investigation, I discovered that certain U.S. laws prevent CBP from
sharing key pieces of information with its private sector partners. As a result,
it’s harder for CBP and its private sector partners to detect and disrupt
give credit where it’s due, CBP has recognized this problem and is taking steps
to rectify it through the 21 Century Customs Framework (21CCF) to improve data
sharing capabilities in real-time. However, without statutory authority from
Congress, in some ways CBP has one hand tied behind its back.
bill will get rid of some of these barriers for CBP. It is one small but
crucial step towards a more secure supply chain. Sharing information is a
simple solution that often gets overlooked. It can be an effective tool in
creating a comprehensive strategy against counterfeit activity. I hope my colleagues
will join me in making this legislative fix so that we may create a supply
chain that addresses 21st century problems.