Amazon’s web-site may be added to the USTR’s ‘Notorious Markets’ list: WSJ

(Reuters) – The Trump of directors shall consider to be some of the Inc. ‘ s (AMZN.(O) overseas web sites on the list of markets known for counterfeit merchandise, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen on the door of an Amazon Book store in New York City, united states of america, of February 14, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

All of the action is to be taken by the u.s. Trade Representative, the Office, through its annual “Notorious Markets” list, says the report, adding that no decisions have been made, and that a similar proposal last year, which were eventually removed.

Amazon said that it was “banned” counterfeit products on the platform and continues to invest heavily in order to protect our clients from such products.

“The fight against counterfeiting requires collaboration among industry, retailers, brands in the enforcement of the law, and the government, and we are actively working with these stakeholders, while the bad actors responsible, and the drive to imitation is zero in our shops,” the company said in a statement.

The us Trade Representative Office (USTR) did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Over the years, the list of China’s largest e-commerce platform, that is, it is owned and operated by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA).(N).

In October, the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), and for the second year in a row, and called on the USTR to include foreign domains, which are owned and operated by the rider on the list.

The industry trade association, which counts some of the biggest retailers and brands like Macy’s Inc (M. N) and Adidas AG (ADSGn.DE) from amongst its members.

“In spite of his role as a leader in the global retail landscape, and as a key partner to the sales of many of our members, brands, and Amazon continues to present significant counterfeit and challenges,” AAFA, said in its submission to the USTR in October this year.

In response to the AAFA, the Amazon, and said that it was for an amount in excess of $400 million in staff and a workforce of more than 5,000 people by 2018, in the fight against fraud and counterfeiting on the shelves.

The White House declined to comment.

Reporting by Nandita Bose and David Shepardson, Washington Ambhini Festivals in Bengaluru; Editing by Patrick Graham and Matthew Lewis)

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