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Turkey second in world in production of fake goods: report

Some of the most prevalent fakes sold in Turkey today include foods with bogus ingredients, drinks and pharmaceutical drugs

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Turkey is only behind China in its production and market of counterfeit or pirated goods, with a market worth $10.8 bln, Turkish news agency Cihan reported on Tuesday.

A report released by the International Chamber of Commerce’s anti-pirating body said the number does not smuggled fuel and tobacco products, which if counted would push the figure to $20 bln, according to the news agency.

Some of the most prevalent fakes sold in Turkey today include foods with bogus ingredients, drinks, pharmaceutical drugs, car parts, electronics, household products, and intellectual property including software, music and videos.

The prevalence of counterfeits in Turkey stems high taxes on imported goods, as well as a lack of locally-produced high-value-added products, an academic from Antalya University told Istanbul-based newspaper Today’s Zaman.

“There is a huge tax levied on imported products, which renders these products unattainable by Turkish consumers. As a result, [the consumers] are led to buy cheaper substitutes -- counterfeits -- instead of original products,” said Savas Bozbel.

Turkey’s opening of the section on intellectual property rights with the European Union would help the country line up with legal standards with the bloc, Bozbel added.

In 2013, Turkish police seized a total $650 mln in fake products, including over 100 million boxes of cigarettes and 400,000 mobile phones.