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March 25, 2013

Counterfeiting: a Market of Rs 1 Billion

To carbon monoxide in meat to make it more red and drive up its price, an orange dye to give the impression that it came from Europe known for the quality of its fruits ... At the border, it falls on all kinds of counterfeit products. And it is not ready to stop because counterfeiting is a business, albeit illegal, but very juicy.

Think again! Counterfeiting is no longer limited to luxury goods. In addition to the traditional big brand accessories (shoes and sports clothing), other products are increasingly copied including food, medicines, software, spare parts for cars ... This is not without danger. Give examples chilling. "It is known that the more red meat, the higher the grade of the product and the price also rises. Offenders are put carbon monoxide into the meat to make it more red. There have been seizures in the past customs, "recalls Sanjeev Ghurburrun, a lawyer specializing in intellectual property. There is also the case of dyed orange. To see far, you'd think a variety from Europe.

Shortfall of Rs 300 million for GM

Not too far from us, in the Indian Ocean, cement was discovered in drugs. Is this also the case in Mauritius? "We have heard that there is a pharmacy network that utilizes our Freeport to feed the world. Generic products are packaged as 'genuine', "said Marcel Lapierre, Head of Intelligence & Operations at FakeBusters Co Ltd. "If you want to perform tests on chemicals and pharmaceuticals entering the country, they must be abroad. What a price! In other words, it is difficult to know without testing if these products are really 'genuine'. In fact, there are a lot of consumable products that enter the country, but are not tested, "adds Sanjeev Ghurburrun.

Consequence: counterfeit products, which are often of lower quality copies are sold like hotcakes. These are brand owners who take a blow. There goes their reputation. "For example, for clothes, counterfeiters use of low-end fabric they pose to upscale to raise profits," says Sanjeev Ghurburrun. Those who fail to disentangle fact from fiction fall into the trap and point to the mark in question for the bad quality of the product.

But counterfeiting is especially pleased. "Nothing in Mauritius, counterfeiting reported between Rs 800 million and Rs 1 billion per year to counterfeiters. This equates to a shortfall of around Rs 200 to Rs 300 million for the government. This is an economy where counterfeiters do not received, do not pay VAT are not saved .... "Sanjeev Ghurburrun highlights. "There will always be counterfeit in Mauritius and elsewhere. Those who want to protect themselves provide the means, others do not suffer the consequences as counterfeiting affects their business in general, "says Marcel Lapierre.

Thousands of products seized

Since the beginning of the year to date, there were approximately forty operations seizures of counterfeit goods including 6 000-7000 shoes, 3 000 to 4 000 2000 or clothes consumer products.

Better than drug trafficking

You incur up to twenty years in prison if you get caught for drug trafficking. "However, the law does not really matter to counterfeit products. This explains the proliferation of counterfeiting because it is less risky than drug trafficking, "says Sanjeev Ghurburrun. In case of infringement of copyright infringers to pay a fine of Rs 200,000 to Rs 300,000 and Rs 500,000 if they recur. "What is new is that hacking offense can be referred to the ICAC," says our interlocutor.

Importers of counterfeit products despite them

"We found that importers do not check that exporters of Asia send them and they eventually end up having problems because of these counterfeit products are found," said Sanjeev Ghurburrun. There are also many Mauritians who download music or movies without paying. "This is a form of piracy," says the lawyer.

The top 3 of counterfeit products

Sports shoes, clothing and computer software are counterfeit products that are most present on the Mauritian market.

 

 

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