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Housewares Association Aims to Combat Counterfeit Goods
Aug 2, 2005
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The International Housewares Association (IHA) is focusing on the Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act as the top legislative priority for its Government Affairs agenda and the housewares industry.

H.R. 32, the Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act, was introduced in the House of Representatives earlier this year and passed by a voice vote in May. The bill mandates the destruction of the counterfeit goods and the forfeiture of any assets traceable to illegal counterfeiting activities. The legislation would also permit the destruction of any equipment used to make the counterfeit products, along with the counterfeit labels/patches/medallions that are unattached to any of the goods.

IHA is joining the Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy, which is being organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers to work to enact legislation to combat product counterfeiting during the 109th Congress.

Members of IHA’s Government Affairs Committee discussed H.R. 32 with their Congressional representatives during visits to Capitol Hill in late June. In arguments supporting H.R. 32, committee members concluded that the influx of counterfeit goods from foreign markets is causing significant adverse effect on everything from housewares products to machine dies and tools.

“The U.S. Customs Service has estimated that counterfeiting has resulted in the loss of 750,000 jobs and costs the United States some $200 billion annually,” said Phil Brandl, IHA president. “The effect on the home products industry alone has been substantial. H.R. 32 has focused the Congress’s attention on the problem of product counterfeiting. Over the coming months, IHA will be lobbying Congress to strengthen the bill to better address the No. 1 priority of home products manufacturers—stopping the flood of counterfeit goods before they enter the U.S. marketplace.”

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