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DTI eyes crackdown on fake goods sold online

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is eyeing to heighten fight against fake goods, this time on online shopping platforms. 
DTI to intensify fight versus fake products

No to fake goods online

In an interview with CNN Philippines, its chief Ramon Lopez said the department, with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, has started drafting a proposed law that would impose fines not just on malls but also on e-commerce platforms that allow the sell of counterfeit items or brand dupes. 

We will propose a legislation where the selling platform will also be liable. It will be considered the store. In the same way, whether it's online or brick and mortar, it will be liable if it allows the sale of counterfeit items in its area, Lopez said. 

Online shopping has been gaining traction in the local market with Lazada, Shopee, and Zalora as the leading industry players. However, it remains below 10 percent of all transactions. 

Both Lazada and Shopee allow not just brands but also individual sellers to post their products that are, sometimes, fake items. 

The trade secretary stressed consumers may forward their complaints to the DTI  as online shopping is covered by local consumer laws. 

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