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Combating the counterfeiting of distilled spirits wherever it occurs.

IFSP is committed to ensuring all those involved in manufacturing, supplying and selling counterfeits of its members' brands are caught and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

To that end, IFSP works closely with relevant law enforcement agencies everywhere it operates. Counterfeiting of spirits is illegal and IFSP's job is to support these agencies to combat criminal activity by providing training, information and technical expertise. IFSP is actively checking for counterfeits on a continual basis, and makes use of constantly improving technology to distinguish and protect genuine goods.

International Federation of Spirits Producers Ltd (IFSP)

The International Federation of Spirits Producers Ltd (IFSP) exists to combat the counterfeiting of its members' distilled spirits wherever it occurs in the world. This involves supporting law enforcement and regulatory agencies and other relevant bodies by providing training, information and technical expertise. This website is primarily intended for them, but it also offers a means for anyone who may have information about known or suspected counterfeit spirits to pass this on. Read more

Counterfeiting and pirating of goods

The International Chamber of Commerce has estimated that counterfeit and pirated goods drain US$1 trillion from the global economy every year and cost over 2.5 million legitimate jobs. Like many high-value, quality goods, distilled spirits are an attractive target for counterfeiters.

Spirits counterfeiting

Counterfeiting of spirits, or of any product, is illegal. Spirits counterfeiters are criminal opportunists, looking to profit at someone else’s expense. Since they are motivated only by profit, the counterfeiters will produce whatever they can sell. They will not stick to counterfeiting one brand, so it is misleading to focus too much on the particular brand or brands that have been counterfeited in a given case. 

The victims of spirits counterfeiting are the consumers who are cheated, and whose health is put at risk; the public, since governments are deprived of valuable tax revenue; and legitimate retailers and producers whose income is lost and whose jobs are threatened. There is also a safety risk for anyone in the vicinity of a counterfeit manufacturing site, as spirits are highly flammable.

At some point between manufacture and consumption, the sale of counterfeit spirits involves a deliberate deception.  Unfortunately, it is not easy for the victim to spot this. [See "How to avoid becoming a victim of counterfeit spirits"]

International Federation of Spirits Producers Ltd

IFSP is a UK-registered, not-for-profit company funded and governed by the major international spirits producing companies. It has been in operation since the early 1990s.  Its purpose is to combat the counterfeiting of alcoholic beverages, specifically spirits, owned by its members, wherever it occurs in the world.  It is currently active in around 30 countries, mostly in Asia, Eastern Europe and Central America.

We hope you find this website a useful source of information about IFSP and how we are combating the threat of counterfeit spirits.

Working with and through official channels, IFSP’s job is to combat criminal activity. This demands care and discretion. From time to time, the media may take an interest in counterfeit spirits, and where it is permitted to do so IFSP is committed to providing the facts so that the public is properly informed. However, IFSP is not set up to participate in investigative journalism and does not comment in detail on the measures taken to protect products, as this may hand an advantage to the counterfeiters. 

Working with and through official channels, IFSP’s job is to combat criminal activity. This demands care and discretion.  From time to time, the media may take an interest in counterfeit spirits, and where it is permitted to do so IFSP is committed to providing the facts so that the public is properly informed.  However, IFSP is not set up to participate in investigative journalism and does not comment in detail on the measures taken to protect products, as this may hand an advantage to the counterfeiters. 

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