Coalition launches new public education initiative to tackle black market trade
NEW YORK, June 8, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Today, a coalition of private and public actors launched a new public education initiative called United to Safeguard America from Illegal Trade (United States-IT) to fight against the black trade. The campaign will run until 2021 and will provide local officials, law enforcement and opinion leaders with information and training programs to help fight illegal trade and raise public awareness of the scale. of the problem as well as the serious consequences inflicted on states and municipalities by black people. market profiteers.
United States-IT is a coalition of national and national trademark enforcement experts, law enforcement agencies and leading business organizations, including:
- American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA)
- Center for the fight against counterfeiting and product protection at University of Michigan
- Arizona Trucking Association (ATA)
- Florida Oil Traders Association (FPMA)
- Florida Restaurant and Accommodation Association (FRLA)
- Florida Retail Federation (FRF)
- GrindStone Strategic Consulting
- Illinois Fuels and Retail Association (IFRA)
- Illinois Manufacturers Association (IMA)
- Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA)
- International Coalition Against Illicit Economies (ICAIE)
- Survey Consultants
- Levi Strauss & Co.
- Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
- Merck & Co., Inc.
- Michigan Chamber of Commerce
- Michigan Retailers Association (MRA)
- Michigan Trucking Association (MTA)
- National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
- National Center for the Coordination of Intellectual Property Rights (DPI Center)
- Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association (PFMA)
- Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association (PMTA)
- Association of Police Officers of Michigan (POAM)
- Philip Morris International (PMI)
- Procter & Gamble Company
- Tommy Hilfiger
- United States Chamber of Commerce
- United States Council for International Trade (USCIB)
The coalition will operate in eight states facing critical illegal trade issues: Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
“Counterfeiting and contraband goods are serious threats in many states, and the situation has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, with criminals seizing opportunities to smuggle personal protective equipment (PPE ) and counterfeit medicines, including vaccines. Since january 2020, the sale of counterfeit products online has jumped by almost 40% “, noted United States– IT spokesperson and former director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Matt Albence.
“In today’s hyper-connected world, with growing concerns about global security, the proliferation of criminal organizations and a wave of new digital tools, concerted efforts and broad public-private cooperation are essential to bring implementing meaningful and long-term solutions against illegal trade. , ” Albence added.
The black market is a $ 509 billion a year of activity, and it is growing. Criminals enrich themselves from the illegal trade by stealing income intended to provide essential services to Americans. Instead of helping taxpayers, this money is used to fund those who smuggle drugs, tobacco, wildlife, and even people illegally. These groups exploit governments and citizens, manipulate financial systems, encourage corruption, and cultivate the instability and violence that threaten our communities.
No single government or industry can solve this complex problem on its own. Combating illegal trade requires cooperation and public-private partnerships, as well as the full use of existing expertise, information sharing, innovative solutions and evolving technologies. Public actors, the private sector and civil society all have a role to play.
For more information on United States-IT’s efforts to fight illegal trade and get involved, visit USAIT.org.
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United to protect America from illegal trade (United States-IT) is a public and private sector partnership protecting the security and prosperity of Americans from black market criminals.
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