Representatives of the maritime industry have developed a set of best practices to reduce the volume of counterfeits shipped around the globe through checks on their customers and supply chains.
The recommended best practices were developed as part of the on-going collaboration of signatories to the ‘Declaration of Intent to stop the Maritime transport of counterfeits’ (DOI)—a joint effort between members of the global shipping industry and brand owners to work together to prevent the transport of counterfeit goods on shipping vessels.
The new recommended best practices paper builds on a previous document on Know Your Customer (KYC), which was launched in March at the TPM Maritime logistics conference in Long Beach, California.
This new document expands to cover due diligence recommendations for existing customers, as well as further voluntary measure for both brands & maritime operators to improve the integrity of their relationships throughout the maritime supply chain.
“The launch of the KYC, Due Diligence and Supply Chain Integrity Best Practices paper is one more concrete example of the successful collaboration between brand owners, vessel operators and freight forwarders who have come together under the DOI,” says Sophie Peresson, Director of ICC’s Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP).
“We all have our own perspectives and experiences but we needed to create something that works well for all of us - voluntary best practices aimed at helping companies prevent the maritime shipment of counterfeits and which fit into companies’ supply chain procedures.”
During the event, Turkish maritime company ARKAS, which has a fleet of over 53 ships, joined as signatory of the DOI. Other signatories of the declaration already include industry majors such as Maersk, MSC and CMA CGM.
Source :- Dailyshippingtimes.com