Our collection of infographics highlighting key numbers of the illicit economy.
The illicit trade of tobacco is both supply and demand driven. Illegal cigarettes are priced much cheaper than legal cigarettes, and do not undergo stringent regulation in the form of health warnings, product checks, or age verification. This infographic shows a brief scope of the illegal cigarettes market in the EU.
Fake alcohol is a big problem because of the risks it poses to people’s health. Properly produced and certified alcoholic drinks are made with ethanol – alcohol that’s safe to drink in moderation. But fake alcoholic drinks can be produced using other cheaper types of alcohol which can have serious adverse effects on your health. This infographic shows commonly used substitutes for ethanol.
According to the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), consumers in the U.K. spend an estimated 90 million pounds (approx. $140 million) on fake products. This infographic presents the common ingredients that can be found in counterfeit make-up products.
The OECD and EU’s Intellectual Property Office produced a report that analysed nearly half a million customs seizures around the world over 2011-13 to produce an estimate of the scale of counterfeit trade. Fake products are everything from handbags and perfumes to machine parts and chemicals. This infographic shows the top 11 most seized counterfeited goods.
The drug trade is moving from the street to online crypto-markets. Online drug markets and sales are part of the “dark web”; these are sites that are only accessible through browsers where there are several layers of encryption, which makes it almost impossible for law enforcement to track. The infographic shows an overview value of online sales of illegal drugs, prescription drugs, and non-drugs.
Counterfeit medicine may be contaminated, contain adulterated or no active ingredient. The health concern is major. This infographic shows the scope of the problem of fake medicine.
The Federal Trade Commission estimates the market for fake car parts at approximately $12 billion a year. Counterfeit auto parts typically aren’t built to your car’s specifications; this can lead to mechanical problems and system breakdowns. Worse yet, fake car parts can cause major safety problems. This infographic illustrates car parts that are often counterfeited.
Counterfeiting is a big business. In a 2013 study, it was estimated that international trade in counterfeit and pirated goods were worth US$ 461 billion. Globally, the value was predicted to reach US$ 1.77 trillion in 2015. Counterfeit goods span across multiple industries, the infographic presents the scope of illicit trade.
Terrorists are increasingly turning to counterfeiting as a source of revenue as it is high profit and low risk. The infographic presents the counterfeit industries that help fund violent criminal and terrorist organisations.
In the food industry, not everything is as it seems. What seems to be safe foods could be counterfeit. We are generally trusting eaters; we believe what the menu says and we believe what is given to us is authentic. But labels can lie and packaging can be misleading. This infographic presents you the 15 most counterfeit foods to look out for.
It's not just tigers, rhinos and elephants; illegal wildlife trade threatens some of the world’s best-loved species. This infographic shows how wildlife trade jeopardizes five more wild creatures: Pangolins, Parrots, Freshwater Turtles, and Bluefin Tunas.
Despite a ban on international trade in ivory, tens of thousands of African elephants are being killed every year for their ivory tusks. This infographic shows how China’s increasing demand is continuously driving up the ivory market, causing the price to triple.
Illicit financial flows are illegal movements of money or capital from one country to another. Global Financial Integrity’s December 2015 report found that developing and emerging economies had lost US$7.8 trillion in illicit financial flows over the ten-year period of 2004-2013. The infographic shows forecasted data from 2014-2020.
Illicit trade is a major and growing problem worldwide. News on illicit trade is abundant on the web, yet there is clearly a lack of solutions that are being proposed or implemented to solve the US$ 1.3 trillion economy. This infographic is a summary of collected data showing the proportions of news and solutions.
Counterfeiting is big business across the globe. In fact, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the value of counterfeit goods that crossed international borders in 2007 was more than $250 billion. And that’s not just innocuous items like currency, clothes or electronics. This infographic presents to you the top 5 seized counterfeited products in 2012.
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Illegal cigarettes smuggled into Ireland are being sold on the black market at a profit of 900%. It’s estimated one in every four packets sold here there has been illegally smuggled into the country illegally – costing the exchequer around €250million a year. A survey carried out in June found two-thirds of all cigarettes sold illegally in Dublin were being manufactured specifically for the black market.
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Counterfeit money is costing the world economy millions but so we thought we would investigate to see where the worst offenders are in the world, and which currencies increase your chance of coming into contact with counterfeit money?. $It is staggering to think that 1.35 (currency?) mMillion was seized in 2012 – 2015 in South Africa and that one in thirty British pounds are fake.! It shows you just why the need for counterfeit protection is increasing as these criminal minds create even more complex methods to flood the economy. The currencies which are forged the most in the globe is the British pounds, US dollars and Euros. Whereas the least forged currencies are the New Zealand dollars, the South Korean won and the Norwegian krone.
The Global Food Traceability market is estimated to bereached $7.8 billion in 2014 and is expected to grow by growing at a CAGR of 12.28% (CAGR) is expected to reach estimating its value at $19.7 billion by the year 2022. The factors driving the market growth are iIncreasing awareness among the consumers, strict government role in the traceability process, product loyalty, certifications and standardizations. are the factors driving the market growth. Increasing adoption of Warehouse Management Software (WMS), Cloud Computing, Quality Management Solutions, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) are also adding up to the market growth. The factors that are restraining the market growth include, Necessity for dissimilar products, and confidentiality issues. The opportunity for the investors and the new entrants lies among the emerging economies.
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About 100,000 deaths a year in Africa are linked to the counterfeit drug trade, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The British think-tank, International Policy Network, estimates that globally, 700,000 deaths a year are caused by fake malaria and tuberculosis drugs - comparing the death toll to the equivalent of “four fully laden jumbo jets crashing everyday.” oOr “20 full football stadiums”. The WHO defines counterfeit medicine as “one which is deliberately and fraudulently mislabeled with respect to identity and/or source.” Both branded and generic products are faked. In some parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America, more than 30% of the medicines on sale can be fake, notes the organization.
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The February 2011 report from Global Financial Integrity called “Transnational Crime in the Developing World” found that the illicit trade in “goods, guns, people, and natural resources” is a $650 billion enterprise, which most negatively impacts the developing world. Of the 12 illicit activities studied, trade in drugs ($320 billion per year) and counterfeiting ($250 billion per year) were ranked first and second in terms of illicit funds generated. Another key finding of the report was that profits from illicit markets are making their way to transnational crime syndicates through vast international trade networks.
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In 2007, the OECD estimated the value of counterfeit and pirated goods at US$ 176 billion. In 2011 the ICC estimated that the value of the global counterfeit market was as high as US$ 650 billion and predicted it will reach US$ 1.7 trillion in 2015. To put this into perspective, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Global military Expenditure in 2013 was US$ 1.7 trillion.
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