Costa Rica: Counterfeit Clothing

In 2014 a special unit was created to deal with complaints about the marketing of fake garments, and since then it has received an average of five complaints a month.

Monday, April 24, 2017

The market for fake clothing brands in the country has been growing, according to the authorities at the Economic, Tax and Customs Crimes Prosecutor's office, which claims to receive five complaints per month.

Regarding how this false merchandise gets into the country, the authorities explained to Nacion.com that it enters in two ways. "... The first - and main one - is when Costa Ricans travel to the United States or Panama to buy an original garment of a specific brand.  They then send it to a contact they have in China.  There, they are responsible for "multiplying" that garment and then it is imported. Sometimes they also order in products from Peru and Guatemala.  The second way is to manufacture the merchandise in Costa Rica, but this is less common, said Frankarlo Pessoa, deputy prosecutor for Economic, Tax and Customs Crimes. "

Pessoa added: "..."We have stopped containers at the borders that are carrying materials for manufacturing, such as buttons and labels. This is an important indication that [a product] is going to be manufactured in the country."

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