The European Union has said it is “deeply concerned” about counterfeit goods being sold on Iran’s online shopping sites.
Iran has become a hot spot for counterfeit goods as the West struggles to contain the fallout from the nuclear deal, and there are fears that counterfeit goods will soon be available on the black market.
Iran is the most popular destination for counterfeit products and is thought to be a hub for smuggling and counterfeiting.
European Union trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Tuesday that the European Union was “deepening its efforts to detect and tackle counterfeits” in Iran and would be adding its voice to a growing number of countries that have taken action against counterfeit products.
“The European Union is working closely with the Iranian authorities to address the growing number and proliferation of counterfeit products in Iran, especially on social media sites, where they are being sold at inflated prices,” Malmstrows said.
Iranian officials have repeatedly said that counterfeit products are not allowed in the country.
In March, Prime Minister Hassan Rouhani told reporters that Iranian citizens should be “aware of the fact that their products and their purchases will not be accepted.”
Malmstrow said that European Union member states were “considering further action” and that the EU was also taking steps to “determine the extent of the market in Iran for counterfeit and illegal goods.”
European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia M. Malmstro’s office told The Associated Press that the Iranian government “cannot control and regulate the online shopping site market” and said that the “current sanctions on Iran will not provide a solution to this problem.”
Mallama said Iran was “the most popular country for counterfeit items,” and the government was “committed to protecting consumers.”
Iran’s economy depends heavily on the sale of counterfeits, but the government has banned them on social networks.
Mallma said the EU would work with its member states to “promote the elimination of the counterfeiting trade and the promotion of legitimate and fair trade and exchange of goods.”
The European Parliament on Tuesday passed a resolution calling for the EU to take action against Iran for its counterfeit goods.
The resolution was supported by several other countries, including the United States and Canada.