USTR flagged Greenhills in its annual report for being a physical market for counterfeit and pirated products.
Want to get the best deals on different items? Greenhills is one of the recommended go-to places in the metro. Filled with numerous buyers and window shoppers, it’s no surprise that it’s an excellent dropoff for counterfeit or pirated products.
According to news, the US Trade Representative 2023 Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy report cited Greenhills as a haven for such products.
“Currently, many of the storefronts in this mall sell counterfeit goods, including electronics, perfumes, watches, shoes, accessories, and fashion items,” said in a part of the 53-page report.
USTR also commended the joint efforts of right holders and mall management in combating the persistent trade of pirated products in Greenhills, such as warning letters and suspension of business for repeat violators.
The Philippines joined this year’s list of flagged countries with physical markets where substantial trade in counterfeit and pirated goods prevail. It has 18 nations listed, including China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Counterfeit products pose health and safety risks to everyone. Not only these items undermine many businesses, but they are also not tested for safety standards. If something happens, no one will be accountable as those products are not certified or approved.
A representative from the Office of San Juan City Mayor Francisco Javier Zamora said that “efforts have been ongoing for some time now.” An official statement from the mayor’s office will be issued.