Date
24 May 2017
Despite taking several measures to combat fake goods, Alibaba is still regarded by many Western firms as a dodgy online marketplace. Photo: Bloomberg
Despite taking several measures to combat fake goods, Alibaba is still regarded by many Western firms as a dodgy online marketplace. Photo: Bloomberg

Anti-counterfeiting coalition suspends Alibaba membership

The International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC) has suspended Alibaba Group’s membership following a revolt by some firms which view the Chinese online marketplace as a haven for fakes. 

The suspension came barely one month after the Chinese e-commerce giant was admitted into the anti-counterfeiting group’s ranks under a newly-created category.

In a letter to the group’s 250 members, IACC’s board said it has decided to suspend the category under which Alibaba was admitted in April “in consideration of some of the concerns” raised by the group members, International Business Times reported.

Fashion brands Michael Kors and Gucci America had pulled out of the coalition after Alibaba was welcomed into the group.

The Wall Street Journal cited Michael Kors as saying in a letter to the IACC board that Alibaba’s admission provides “cover to our most dangerous and damaging adversary.”

Though Alibaba has put in place several measures to tackle the issue of counterfeits, high-end brands have been complaining that the Chinese online marketplace still offers fake goods for sale.

An Alibaba spokeswoman said the company plans to continue its partnerships with brands and governments to solve the complex counterfeiting issue, regardless of whether it remains a member of the IACC.

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