Declaration of Intent to prevent the maritime transportation of counterfeit goods
“Declaration of Intent to Prevent the Maritime Transport of Counterfeit Goods” marks the first time the global shipping industry and brand owners have made a public commitment to work together to stop the transport of counterfeit goods on shipping vessels.
On 30 November 2016, ICC BASCAP, brand owners and representatives from the international shipping industry joined forces to sign an historic declaration of intent aimed at preventing the maritime transport of counterfeit goods.
The Declaration is a direct reaction to the concerns of brand owners that vessels transporting their legitimate products were also being exploited by criminal networks to transport fake versions. The event marked the first time the global shipping industry and brand owners have made a public commitment to work together to stop the transport of counterfeit goods on shipping vessels.
Initial signatories included leading global shipping firms and freight forwarders and 10 major multinational brand manufacturers, along with the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), and the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) and Commercial Crime Service (CCS). More transporters, brand owners and their industry associations have since joined and more are expected as awareness of the voluntary initiative grows.
The non-binding Declaration acknowledges the “destructive impact” of counterfeits on international trade. It calls on the maritime transport industry to address it “through continuous proactive measures, and corporate social responsibility principles.” The Declaration includes a zero tolerance policy on counterfeiting, strict supply chain controls and other due diligence checks to stop business cooperation with those suspected of dealing in the counterfeit trade.
Commitment through the DOI paves the way for new voluntary collaboration programmes between intermediaries and brand owners to stop abuse of the global supply chain by counterfeiters.
Today marks a significant milestone in work protecting the integrity of our supply chain and combating illicit trade.
Podcast: BASCAP conference in Singapore about the Declaration of Intent (DOI)