The United States government has blacklisted five of Amazon’s foreign websites (AMZN).
The administration of President Donald Trump has placed the platforms of the e-commerce giant in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, India and Canada on a register of “notorious markets” because it claims that the sites have facilitated the sale of counterfeit and pirated products.
The list has no legal weight but it does honor the companies on it.
“The Trump Administration is committed to holding intellectual property rights violators accountable and to ensuring that American innovators and creators have a full and fair opportunity to use and benefit from their work,” said the representative. Commerce, Robert Lighthizer, in a statement.
“Over the past year, USTR has secured strong and enforceable intellectual property obligations in its historic agreements with China, Canada and Mexico. The two reports released today illustrate the administration’s commitment to protect intellectual property rights and to fight counterfeiting and piracy in the online and physical markets. “
The United States said it added Amazon sites following complaints from U.S. companies over the sale of counterfeit products. Reports published by the Trump administration cite complaints from companies that Amazon sites did not provide clear information about the sellers and that the process for removing platforms selling counterfeit products was ” long and binding ”.
Amazon said in a statement that the decision to put foreign websites on the registry was “a purely political act is another example of the administration using the United States government to advance a personal vendetta against Amazon.”
The press release adds “we are an active and committed stakeholder in the fight against counterfeiting” and underlined how it has made significant investments in technology to prevent the sale of counterfeit products on its platforms and had even blocked more than 6 billion bad registrations before their publication. at the platform in 2019.