Pacific Mall one of the world's most notorious sources of counterfeit goods, U.S. government report says

A U.S. government report says Markham's Pacific Mall is among the most notorious sources of pirated and counterfeit goods in the world.

Sale of counterfeit goods at Markham, Ont., mall 'sprawling and pervasive,' report says

This photo shows counterfeit goods seized by the RCMP in 2017. A U.S. government report lists Markham's Pacific Mall as one of the most notorious locations in the world for selling counterfeit and pirated goods. (Ryan Hicks/CBC)

A U.S. government report says a Toronto-area mall is among the most notorious sources of pirated and counterfeit goods in the world.

Pacific Mall, a predominantly Chinese-Canadian shopping centre in Markham, Ont., is one of 18 brick-and-mortar locations and 25 online retailers named by the U.S. Office of the Trade Representative in its annual review of so-called "notorious markets."

The U.S. government says sales of counterfeit goods at Pacific Mall are "sprawling and pervasive" and that vendors "operate largely with impunity (as) requests for assistance from local law enforcement have reportedly gone unanswered."

The new report says some of the counterfeit items available at the mall, including cosmetics, sunglasses and perfumes, can pose a risk to public health and safety.

Pacific Mall is the only Canadian market included on the list, though the report notes that one of the fastest-growing advertising networks that cater to online sellers of counterfeit goods is based in Canada.

Representatives of Pacific Mall were not immediately available for comment.