The Trump administration is contemplating placing a few of Amazon.com Inc’s abroad web sites on a listing of worldwide marketplaces recognized for counterfeit items, the Wall Road Journal has reported, citing individuals aware of the matter.
The motion could be taken by the US Commerce Consultant’s Workplace by means of its annual “infamous markets” listing, the report mentioned, including that no choices had been made and that related proposals final yr have been finally discarded.
Amazon mentioned it “strictly prohibits” counterfeit merchandise on its platforms and invests closely to guard clients from such gadgets.
“Combatting counterfeit requires collaboration throughout the trade – from retailers, manufacturers, regulation enforcement and authorities – and we proceed to be actively engaged with these stakeholders as we maintain dangerous actors accountable and drive counterfeit to zero in our retailer,” the corporate mentioned in a press release.
The US Commerce Consultant’s Workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Through the years, the listing has included China’s largest e-commerce platform, Taobao.com, which is owned and operated by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.
In October, the American Attire and Footwear Affiliation (AAFA), for the second yr in a row, urged the Commerce Consultant’s Workplace to incorporate international domains owned and operated by Amazon on the listing.
The commerce physique counts a number of the largest retailers and types, equivalent to Macy’s Inc and Adidas AG, amongst its members.
“Regardless of its position as a pacesetter within the worldwide retail panorama, and as an essential promoting companion for a lot of of our member manufacturers, Amazon continues to current vital counterfeit challenges,” AAFA mentioned in its submission to the Commerce Consultant’s Workplace in October.
In response to AAFA, Amazon mentioned it had invested greater than $400m in personnel and employed greater than 5,000 individuals in 2018 to battle fraud and counterfeiting in its shops.
The White Home declined to remark.