A2C2 Statement on DHS Report
The Automotive Anti-Counterfeiting Council, Inc. (A2C2), applauds the release of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's report, "Combating Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods." This report fulfills the strong commitment to enhancing the protection of American intellectual property made by the Trump Administration last year when it released the Presidential Memorandum on Combating Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods.
The proliferation of dangerous and sub-standard counterfeit automotive parts on major e-commerce platforms costs American jobs and undercuts innovation and growth of automakers that invest billions to develop safe and modern transportation for American consumers. More importantly, however, these fake parts pose a significant safety risk to drivers across the U.S. The automotive industry has been aggressive in its efforts to fight the proliferation of counterfeit auto parts on e-commerce platforms and we greatly appreciate the Administration’s strong emphasis on placing more oversight and responsibility on e-commerce companies that have the ability to significantly reduce the flow of these unsafe products to American consumers. While at times this effort has been tiring and frustrating, we remain optimistic that effective measures to help eliminate counterfeit items from commerce, especially online, can be implemented. We are excited that the Presidential Memorandum on Combating Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods has led to the creation of a framework that will enact real and scalable solutions, and A2C2 is pleased to support this effort.
The A2C2 is a collaborative industry group comprised of FCA US, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and their subsidiary brands. Our mission is collaboration among automakers and their partners that strives to eliminate counterfeit automotive components that could harm U.S. consumers. Since our formation, the members of A2C2 have collaborated as an industry to protect U.S. consumers from the dangers of counterfeit auto parts. In this effort, we have partnered with Homeland Security Investigations, Customs and Border Protection, and other federal agencies through the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, looking for ways to mitigate the growing threat to public health and safety posed by counterfeit auto parts.
Read the full DHS report here.
Read the Presidential Memorandum on Combating Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods here.