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Distribution of Conveyance Methods for Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals (2014-2016)

The chart presents the distribution of transport modes for counterfeit pharmaceutical, based on the data from the OECD/EUIPO study on illicit trade in fake pharmaceuticals, published in 2020. The report builds on previous analyses of illicit trade, focusing on trade of counterfeit pharmaceuticals. In addition to possible economic damages for the sector, fake pharmaceuticals pose significant health risks, as often they are not properly formulated and may contain dangerous ingredients. The data highlighted that mail and courier services are the main modes of transport for counterfeit pharmaceuticals traded worldwide. In terms of volume, air is also an important means of transport in the global trade of fake pharmaceuticals. In terms of value, the main transport mode was by road transport and mail and postal services.