President Trump has signed an executive order aimed at preventing the sales of counterfeit goods from overseas.
Per Reuters, Presidential trade adviser Peter Navarro urged Amazon, Walmart and digital commerce sites to take steps to ensure that the goods they sell are safe and legal.
“If they don’t, DHS will take steps to ensure they do,” he told reporters, referring to the Department of Homeland Security.
A 2018 VICE Documentary highlighted how prevalent counterfeit fakes are in China.
Newsweek reports President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at blocking bootleg products from being imported and sold by online retailers on Friday.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was directed to “consider appropriate measures, consistent with applicable law” to ensure that companies like Amazon, Walmart and eBay are not selling or facilitating the sale of counterfeit goods online. Counterfeit narcotics and illicit shipments of the powerful painkiller fentanyl are also targeted by the order.
“The trafficking of counterfeit and pirated goods is a scourge that causes significant harm to our workers, consumers, intellectual property owners, and economy,” said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in a statement. “Under President Trump’s leadership, the federal government and industry partners are working together to combat illicit trade.”
The executive order mandates the identification of companies found to be trading in counterfeits at a high volume, subjecting them to increased scrutiny and tougher inspections. Those that have already banned due to selling fake goods are also required to be added to a list of offending companies. The U.S. Postal Services is expected to work with DHS and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to implement the new rules.
Lighthizer praised Trump for focusing on intellectual property violations and counterfeit goods in trade policy, citing recent moves by the president.
“President Trump has ensured that intellectual property protection and enforcement against pirated and counterfeit goods are a priority in America’s trade relationships,” Lighthizer said.