Russia is expecting a surge in counterfeit goods in the wake of the new customs union with Belarus and Kazakhstan, according to a report on the RIA Novosti news service.
The customs union could lead to an increase in counterfeits because Kazakhstan's border with Kyrgyzstan is recognised as a key conduit for entry of Chinese- and Indian-made counterfeits. Once border controls between Kazakhstan and Russia are lifted these fakes could easily find their way onto the Russian market, the article contends.
A survey commissioned by non-profit industry group RusBrand estimates that counterfeit goods accounted for 6 per cent of Russia's retail turnover, with the alcohol, apparel and cosmetics sectors particularly affected.
Russia adopts rules on destruction of fake, substandard drugs
Russian TB clinics use Minilabs to help jettison fakes
Uzbek government boosts anti-counterfeit laws
Russia, USA get closer on pharmacopoeial standards
Russia warns of counterfeit threat