Palika Bazaar, Heera Panna among the most notorious markets for counterfeit goods in Asia

Feb 18, 2022

By: Vaamanaa Sethi

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In the list of most notorious markets in the world, four Indian markets have been featured, which are known for selling pirated products.

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Heera Panna, Mumbai

The market located in the heart of Mumbai is reportedly known for counterfeit watches, footwear, accessories, and cosmetics. A raid that happened in September 2021 resulted in arrests for selling counterfeit versions of premium watches.

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Kidderpore, Kolkata

Also known as the ‘fancy market’, Kidderpore allegedly sells counterfeit apparel and cosmetics, often in wholesale quantities. Several people have reportedly suffered severe skin problems, rashes, irritation, and eye diseases due to the poor quality of the counterfeits.

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Palika Bazaar, New Delhi

Located in Central Delhi, this underground market is infamous for the trade of counterfeit products, such as mobile accessories, cosmetics, watches, and eyewear. The market is also a popular destination for tourists.

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Tank Road, Delhi

This market is reportedly the supplier to other offline Indian markets, including Gaffar Market and Ajmal Khan Road. It allegedly continues to sell counterfeit products, including apparel, footwear, watches, handbags, electronics, and beauty products.

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As per the United States Trade Representative (USTR) report, China continues to be the number one source of counterfeit products in the world. Around nine markets including Anfu Market, Chenghai District, Luohu Market, Silk Market and many more are named in the report list.

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Indonesia — Mangga Dua Market, Jakarta

Mangga Dua is a popular market in Jakarta selling a variety of counterfeit goods, including handbags, wallets, children’s items, clothing, and fashion accessories. Reportedly, the government enforcement against those who sell counterfeit goods are minimal.

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Philippines — Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan

Greenhills Shopping Center is one of the largest malls located in San Juan, Metro Manila, in which many of the stores sell counterfeit goods, including electronics, perfumes, watches, shoes, accessories, and fashion items.

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The report has mentioned three Russian markets in the list — Dubrovka Market, Gorbushkin Dvor Mall, and Sadovod Market — all in Moscow. Dubrovka Market is known for counterfeit footwear, apparel, and luxury watches, while, Gorbushkin Dvor Mall is famous for counterfeit electronics and high-end home appliances, such as refrigerators, washing machines, and flat screen televisions and Sadovod Market is the largest trading centre for consumer goods in Russia selling counterfeit apparel, accessories, and toys.

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United Arab Emirates — Markets in Deira District, Dubai

The Deira District is home to a number of markets including the Dubai Souk, Deira Old Souk, Dubai Gold Souk, Dubai Spice Souk, and Perfume Souk. Dubai Police and the Dubai Department of Economic Development conduct frequent raids against sellers of infringing products at these markets, reportedly.

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The report has included two famous markets of Vietnam — Ben Thanh Market and Dong Xuan Market. Both markets attract many tourists as it offers a large variety of goods, including locally-produced souvenirs, cosmetics, apparel, footwear, and accessories,which are reportedly counterfeit.

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The above report was made by the USTR for...

...public awareness and to highlight adverse impact on workers involved in the manufacturing of counterfeit goods.

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