The State of Counterfeit Goods in Tanzania – Position Paper

Organisation: Confederation of Tanzania Industries (CTI)
Published on: August, 2017
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) report on Trade in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods: Mapping the Economic Impact claims that the value of imported fake goods worldwide was estimated to be around USD 460 billion in 2013, or around 2.5 percent of current global imports.

In Tanzania counterfeiting is a large and growing challenge. In the early 2000s, counterfeits were taking a large proportion of the market. The Fair Competition Commission (FCC) was launched in 2007 and, by 2008, had reduced counterfeit products to an estimated 18 percent of Tanzania’s merchandise trade. (CTI 2008), indicating that the Commission was having a positive impact in dealing with the problem of counterfeit goods and they suggest that it may now have fallen to 10 percent