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The US Government's Accountability Office has exposed another inaccurate figure regarding the country's automobile industry. This time, the number comes from the US Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association.
The association claimed that the nation's auto parts industry loses an estimated 3 billion US dollars in sales annually due to counterfeit goods - attributing that figure to the Federal Trade Commission. But the GAO report said trade commission officials were unable to locate any record or source of that estimate within its reports or archives. Neither could they find anyone in the agency who recalls developing it. Chinese experts say the figure is baseless.
Li Mingde, Director of Center for Studies of IPR, CASS said "In developed countries like the US, the automobile sector's growth has started to contract. And the global financial crisis has further fueled that. Under such a situation, the US auto industry should seek their own way out instead of blaming the growth declines on the so-called piracy of other countries."
Mao Jinsheng, Director of IP Dev't Research Center, State IP Office said "Auto parts imported from China to the US are mainly used in motor repair services. And since the US rarely produces these parts domestically, there shouldn't be any economic losses."
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