The U.S. government has named an Ontario shopping centre as one of the worst offenders in the world when it comes to selling counterfeit goods.
Pacific Mall, a shopping centre in Markham, is one of 18 locations and 25 online retailers named by the U.S. Office of the Trade Representative in its annual review of "notorious markets." The report, entitled the 2017 Notorious Markets List, describes it as "the largest Chinese mall in the western world" with a "pervasive" counterfeit sales scene.
The report says sales of counterfeit goods at Pacific Mall - which has over 270,000 square feet of retail space and more than 500 small shops - are "sprawling" and that vendors "operate largely with impunity (as) requests for assistance from local law enforcement have reportedly gone unanswered."
The counterfeit goods include such items as cosmetics, sunglasses, and fragrances. And despite “extensive efforts” by brand owners to “enforce” their trademarks, “sales of counterfeit goods in the Pacific Mall reportedly continue.”
While Pacific Mall is the only Canadian market included on the list, the reports notes that one of the fastest-growing advertising networks in counterfeit goods is based in Canada.
Other offenders included two markets in Vietnam, two in Mexico, one in India, one in Italy, and at least six in China.