Amazon and Customs Bureau Memorandum of Understanding to Combat Copying! Tougher Crackdown.

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Strengthening Crackdown on Counterfeit Goods

Amazon Japan announced on June 30 that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Customs and Tariff Bureau of the Ministry of Finance.

It is to strengthen cooperation in the waterfront crackdown on counterfeit goods and other intellectual property infringing goods.

The memorandum of understanding will help identify counterfeiters at the water’s edge and crack down on malicious traders more efficiently to further strengthen the prevention of counterfeit goods from entering the country.

Cooperation between the Customs Department and EC Businesses

This is the first time that the Customs and Excise Department of the Ministry of Finance has signed a memorandum of understanding with an EC operator.

The two parties intend to jointly study ways to strengthen their cooperative relationship and exchange information on counterfeit goods seized by Customs and related counterfeiters.

It may take the form of Customs sharing information with Amazon on vendors selling counterfeit goods and Amazon preventing them from selling their own products.

Amazon’s Anti-Counterfeiting Efforts

Amazon is engaged in a variety of anti-counterfeiting initiatives and has invested more than $900 million in 2021 in anti-counterfeiting activities.

Furthermore, it offers brand protection tools and services in Japan aimed at combating counterfeit products.

Counterfeit Measures

With the spread of the Internet and the expansion of cross-border EC, the distribution of counterfeit goods and other products has become a major problem.

According to the Customs and Tariff Bureau of the Ministry of Finance, there has been a sharp increase in cargo through services provided by EC platform operators.

With the limited number of customs officers, this means that there is an urgent need to strengthen the crackdown on the increasing number of cargoes.

Copies of recent goods are so precise that it is sometimes difficult to tell them apart.

It is a difficult task, but I don’t want to get caught with copied goods, so I think this kind of public-private partnership is a good thing.

That’s all for today. Thank you.