Interactive Map: Notorious Offline Markets

Report Offline Markets

The first version of the Offline Markets Map was possible thanks to the support from multiple local investigators, ApiaSol analysts and engagement with our clients.

We welcome any suggestions on additional market names and brief descriptions.

In the ever evolving illicit trade of counterfeit goods there are very few constants. One constant is the sale of counterfeit goods, from varying product categories, at market places with physical locations.

During the recent global pandemic, consumers further moved their buying habits to online platforms. As the world is becoming more optimistic, stores and physical markets are beginning to become more prominent once again.

Counterfeit traders often have links to wider organised criminal and terror entities. Through covert test purchases and potentially criminal or civil investigations, enforcement allows the development of intelligence into these illegal and dangerous organisations.

Some markets have specific product categories such as electricals and/or clothing, but without a central tool it is difficult to track and monitor changes in trends. ApiraSol has solved this problem through ApiraSol POSINT.

The tool allows brands, investigators and law enforcement officials to view actual images of products being sold at markets globally, but also allows consistent updates to stay proactive in intelligence gathering. POSINT also monitors prices, geolocation, store names and physical indicators associated with counterfeit and illicit products

Utilising and updating this tool can lead to better intelligence into counterfeiting networks, a prioritisation of targets and the disruption of the manufacture, distribution and sale of dangerous and potentially lethal illicit goods.

Argentina

La Salada Market at Night (credit)

Within the Offline Markets Map we can see three prolific markets in Argentina, La Salada, La Saladita De Escobar and Feria Del Centro.

La Salada markets cover over 50 acres of land and feature three separate markets selling a wide array of products, including illicit goods. In recent years investigations led to arrests, however the criminal entities remain in control and the sale of counterfeit goods is still a common occurrence.

La Salada also serves as a distribution hub for the local Buenos Aires area and houses multiple small factories that assemble and finish counterfeit goods.

ApiraSol POSINT tracks which right holders are being affected by the widespread sale and distribution of illicit goods, leading to proactive intelligence and convictions.

Notorious Markets in Argentina
  • 1
    La Salada Market | Buenos Aires
    Clothing, shoes, bags and accessories
  • 2
    La Saladita de Escobar | Escobar
    Fashion, Textiles, Electronics, Gadgets, Cosmetics, Personal Care, Toys
  • 3
    Feria del Centro | Olavarria
    Clothing, toys
  • A
    Data Available Upon Request | Córdoba
    This market is currently being investigated by our agents.
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  • B
    Data Available Upon Request | Rosario
    This market is currently being investigated by our agents.
    Contact us for further information

China

Market in China (credit)

China is infamous for being one of the world's biggest producers of counterfeit goods. In 2019 the U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported that 83% of counterfeit goods that were detained originated in China.

Rights holders will know that investigations and enforcement is often expensive and troublesome in China, with many markets not following the policies and procedures introduced to discourage the sale of counterfeit goods.

Due to the above, it can be costly for brands to commit to consistent test purchasing, especially if the enforcement is having little effect. By using the ApiraSol POSINT you can begin to map which branded goods are being sold at the major markets in China and prioritise which markets to target, without the initial need for costly test purchases.