The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said in a report Friday that Trump’s policies are aggressively cracking down on fake goods on the Internet. Soon, law enforcement will investigate the case to see where counterfeit goods are sold online, and if there are entities selling counterfeit goods, law enforcement will issue civil fines and other penalties.
The report also said the government would give officials more authority to inspect shipments from U.S. warehouses and order fulfillment centers, including Amazon’s warehouse network. U.S. officials can also issue orders to counterfeit goods manufacturers to abandon or destroy illegal goods.
‘The action is not aimed at an e-commerce platform, it’s aimed at the entire e-commerce market,’ White House trade adviser Peter Navarro toldmedia. ‘Fake goods don’t just hurt e-commerce platforms, but also physical retailers, consumers, workers and intellectual property owners.’
But Mr. Trump has previously criticized Amazon and Mr. Bezos, the company’s founder. Amazon complains that the Pentagon will hand over $10 billion in cloud orders to Microsoft because of Mr. Trump’s behind-the-scenes gimmicks.