Chinese customs officials have proudly declared that they confiscated 20,464 “batches” of counterfeit goods in 2013, including some 76 million individual fake-things. It was a big year for fake fruit, fake trophies, fake viagra, and, of course, fake condoms.
According to the China Daily, some 98 percent of the customs cases involved the illegal use of an exclusive trademark, and 99.4 percent of the goods were seized while being prepared for export. Counterfeiting pharmaceuticals was apparently in vogue for 2013, as customs saw a 570% increase in the numbers of black-market pills on their way out of the country.
The fact that China pours out oodles of fakes is certainly not news, but try this for a sense of scale: Although 76 million goods were caught, surely many slipped out unnoticed, and this statistic only includes export, and not China’s epic domestic market for fake crap.