Region Stands Against Counterfeiters And Smugglers
By Dialogo October 01, 2011
Counterfeiters and smugglers cheat consumers and threaten national economies, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). “Anywhere that the international community attempts to establish good-practice standards for industry, counterfeiters undercut them,” said Ted Leggett, research officer with UNODC.
Counterfeiting and smuggling cases may involve several countries, according to Troels Vester, a UNODC representative who attended a two-day conference in Panama. The conference brought together customs chiefs from 15 Caribbean and Latin American countries.
“We need a united front to combat piracy, counterfeiting and the passage of goods not complying with health regulations and defrauding customs rules,” said the director of the National Customs Authority in Panama, Gloria Moreno de López, in an interview with the Honduran newspaper, La Tribuna.
Seeking to establish a coalition against these types of crime, representatives from the Bahamas, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago signed a collaboration agreement against smuggling and tax fraud at the conclusion of the May 2011 event.
Sources: www.latribuna.hn, U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime