June 8, 2021
Philip Morris International Launches New Campaign to Combat Black Market Trade
The campaign will run through 2021 in eight states facing critical illegal trade issues:
The coalition’s membership is made up of brand enforcement leaders and other organizations, including:
American Apparel and
Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection Center at
Michigan State University
Arizona Trucking Association(ATA)
Florida Petroleum Marketers Association(FPMA)
Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association(FRLA)
Florida Retail Federation(FRF)
GrindStone Strategic Consulting
Illinois Fuel & Retail Association(IFRA)
- Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA)
Illinois Retail Merchants Association(IRMA)
- International Coalition Against Illicit Economies (ICAIE)
- Levi Strauss & Co.
- Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
- Merck & Co., Inc.
Michigan Chamber of Commerce
Michigan Retailers Association(MRA)
Michigan Trucking Association(MTA)
National Association of Manufacturers(NAM)
- National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center)
Chamber of Business and Industry
Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association(PFMA)
Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association(PMTA)
Police Officers Association of Michigan(POAM)
Philip Morris International(PMI)
- Procter & Gamble Company
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
United States Council for International Business(USCIB)
“Illegal trade is a major problem that fuels serious organized criminal networks and damages our economy. No matter the commodity, these criminals will seize any opportunity to exploit markets and communities to bolster their nefarious activities,” said
Counterfeit and smuggled goods pose serious threats in many states. The situation has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, with criminals seizing on opportunities to traffic all types of counterfeit and illegal products, including highly demanded personal protective equipment (PPE). Since
In today’s hyper-connected world, it’s only through open dialogue, cooperation, and the sharing of best practices between parties in the public and private sectors, as well as civil society, that we can continuously improve and advance efforts against illegal trade and the criminal networks benefiting from it.
PMI has more than two decades of experience fighting illegal trade in tobacco products. The company invests significantly in supply chain controls through preventive and protective measures, implements track-and-trace solutions worldwide in line with strict regulatory requirements, and applies comprehensive due diligence of customers and suppliers. PMI works with private and public actors alike to help advance global anti-illegal trade efforts, including through PMI IMPACT, a global initiative supporting third-party projects against illegal trade and related crimes.
For more information about PMI’s illegal trade prevention efforts, visit StopIllegal.com.
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