The rise of counterfeit car parts and the IAAF’s role in countering this threat has featured in the latest Annual IP Crime and Enforcement Report: 2018 to 2019.
The aftermarket body actively participated in last year’s IPO anti-counterfeiting campaign with Chief Executive Wendy Williamson presenting the challenges facing the sector at a Counterfeit Awareness 2019 conference in July.
The 132-page report says: “Preventing counterfeiting and piracy isn’t just about protecting the innocent from criminals, it’s about maintaining the credibility of legitimate trade. Counterfeit car parts can affect both Original Equipment Manufacturers and aftermarket businesses alike. Counterfeiters are becoming more skilled in making fake parts, with packaging that looks identical to genuine ones.
“Whilst parts might look the same, they are unlikely to perform to the same standard and in many cases, the counterfeits are produced using dangerous and substandard materials, which have not been properly tested.”
The latest figures show an increase in the global trade of fake vehicle-related parts, which is now worth $10 billion. Fraudulent products being sold online is a trend that is increasing in line with the growth of internet sales. The IAAF says when purchasing parts online, it is crucial that people know who they are buying their parts from. Reputable suppliers will have a certificate of OE matching quality that they will be able to provide customers with.
Wendy Williamson, IAAF Chief executive said: “It is important, now more than ever, that suppliers, distributors and garages are aware of the origin of the parts they are using. We look forward to carrying on working with the IPO and other partners to keep raising awareness in the supply chain and to consumers, and to encourage reporting of counterfeit goods.”
Counterfeit parts guidance is available on the IPO’s website www.ipo.gov.uk