Pa­cific Mall one of world’s most no­to­ri­ous sources of coun­ter­feit goods: U.S.

The Peterborough Examiner - - OPINION -

MARKHAM — A U.S. govern­ment re­port says a Toronto-area mall is among the most no­to­ri­ous sources of pi­rated and coun­ter­feit goods in the world.

Pa­cific Mall, a pre­dom­i­nantly Chi­nese-Cana­dian shop­ping cen­tre about 110 kilo­me­tres south­west of Peter­bor­ough in Markham, is one of 18 brick-and-mor­tar lo­ca­tions and 25 on­line re­tail­ers named by the U.S. Of­fice of the Trade Rep­re­sen­ta­tive in its an­nual re­view of so-called “no­to­ri­ous mar­kets.”

The U.S. govern­ment says sales of coun­ter­feit goods at Pa­cific Mall are “sprawl­ing and per­va­sive” and that ven­dors “op­er­ate largely with im­punity (as) re­quests for as­sis­tance from lo­cal law en­force­ment have re­port­edly gone unan­swered.”

The new re­port says some of the coun­ter­feit items avail­able at the mall, in­clud­ing cos­met­ics, sun­glasses and per­fumes, can pose a risk to pub­lic health and safety.

Pa­cific Mall is the only Cana­dian mar­ket in­cluded on the list, though the re­port notes that one of the fastest-grow­ing ad­ver­tis­ing net­works that cater to on­line sell­ers of coun­ter­feit goods is based in Canada.

The RCMP and York re­gional po­lice have, over the past two decades, seized coun­ter­feit elec­tron­ics, DVDs, video games and other goods, said to be worth mil­lions of dol­lars, from Pa­cific Mall ven­dors.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Pa­cific Mall were not im­me­di­ately avail­able for com­ment.

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