WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump signed an government order on Friday geared toward stopping counterfeit merchandise from overseas from being bought to U.S. residents who store on-line utilizing Amazon.com, Walmart.com or different ecommerce web sites, the White Home stated.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks throughout a marketing campaign rally at Drake College in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis
Presidential commerce adviser Peter Navarro urged Amazon, Walmart and digital commerce websites to take steps to make sure that the products they promote are secure and authorized.
“In the event that they don’t, DHS will take steps to make sure they do,” he informed reporters, referring to the Division of Homeland Safety.
A part of the coverage was geared toward stopping narcotics, like fentanyl, from coming into the USA at a time when the nation is preventing widespread opioid dependancy, the order stated.
As a part of the order, the president requested DHS to “contemplate applicable measures” to make sure that corporations that promote merchandise from abroad don’t ship knockoffs, which they’ve argued can harm the U.S. economic system, price American jobs, help legal exercise and probably hurt shoppers.
The president additionally requested DHS to attract up guidelines to assist determine corporations that have been suspended from importing into the USA, and sought to evade these suspensions.
Moreover, the order asks DHS to attract up guidelines to determine corporations which have a excessive price of contraband amongst their shipments. These with excessive charges could face extra onerous inspections, the order stated.
“The trafficking of counterfeit and pirated items is a scourge that causes vital hurt to our employees, shoppers, mental property homeowners, and economic system,” U.S. Commerce Consultant Robert Lighthizer stated in a press release.
He stated Trump had made mental property safety and enforcement in opposition to pirated and counterfeit items a precedence in America’s commerce relationships, with mental property rights a key a part of a brand new North American commerce settlement and the primary part of a U.S.-China commerce deal.
A Walmart spokesman stated in a press release that the corporate takes experiences of counterfeit items very significantly and works proactively to stop them.
“Within the uncommon case that somebody experiences what they imagine is a counterfeit merchandise, we rapidly block the merchandise after which examine promptly,” the Walmart assertion stated. “At this time, we solely see this on a really small fraction of lower than one p.c of whole objects obtainable on the market on Walmart.com.”
Customs and Border Safety, an arm of DHS, seized 27,599 shipments with mental property rights violations within the fiscal yr ended Sept. 30, 2019. If these merchandise had been real, they’d have had a mixed retail worth of over $1.5 billion, the company stated in its annual report on commerce and journey.
Reporting by Diane Bartz and Andrea Shalal; modifying by Sandra Maler and Jonathan Oatis