June 05, 2007 11:22 ET

I.E.Canada Lauds Public Safety Committee Report on Counterfeit Goods

Attention: Business/Financial Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - June 5, 2007) - As a founding member of the Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network (CACN), I.E.Canada, Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters, welcomes the report tabled in the House of Commons yesterday calling for aggressive measures to combat the alarming increase in counterfeiting and piracy in Canada. The report, prepared by the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security following several days of hearings, recognizes that counterfeiting is a major threat not only to Canada's economic well-being, but also to the health and safety of Canadians.

"It is estimated that 80 per cent of the counterfeit goods in the Canadian market are imported," says Mary Anderson, president of I.E.Canada and a member of the Steering Committee of CACN. "Counterfeiting is of serious concern to our members who face unfair competition from the deluge of counterfeit imports entering the country. Counterfeit goods are produced without regard to quality or the standards intended to protect consumer health and safety."

Included in the report's recommendations are measures to improve border controls so that border officers have the authority to seize and destroy counterfeit goods. "Given that the vast majority of counterfeit products are imported, effective border enforcement measures for intellectual property rights are a critical element in any strategy to address counterfeiting," says Carol Osmond, vice chair of CACN and senior policy advisor to I.E.Canada. "While border measures would have to be implemented in a way that would not impede the flow of legitimate goods, we would welcome a more active role for the Canada Border Services Agency in combating counterfeiting, similar to the role played by customs services in most developed and many developing countries around the world."

"Government action in this area is long overdue in Canada and we hope that the federal government will move quickly to implement the Committee's recommendations," adds Ms. Anderson.

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Contact Information

  • Melissa McCormack, Director, Communications, I.E.Canada
    Primary Phone: 416-595-5333 ext. 26
    E-mail: mmccormack@iecanada.com