The Trump administration is reportedly mulling a move to place some of Amazon's overseas websites on a list of global marketplaces known for counterfeit goods.

According to the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, the action would be taken through the United States Trade Representative's Office's Notorious Markets list. 

In April this year, US President Donald Trump vowed to combat the entry of fake goods into the country – especially via online marketplaces.

A White House official notice suggested the value of global trade in counterfeit and pirated goods may rise to half a trillion dollars annually, with about 20% of this trade infringing upon US intellectual property. 

And in October the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) took aim at Amazon for the way it handles counterfeits and intellectual property infringement and called for the retail giant's sites in France and India to be added to the Notorious Markets list.

"While we are happy to have seen increased engagement with Amazon on brand protection issues during the past year, that engagement regrettably has not translated into a discernible decrease in counterfeits of our members' products on Amazon's marketplaces," it said.

According to the US National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), clothing and footwear are among the top five most highly pirated goods. In October, US border police seized over US$22m in fake Nike shoes.

Nike and Vibram have recently both moved to pull products from Amazon.

Amazon says it supports "strong penalties against bad actors" and works with brands and law enforcement to hold brands accountable.

In a statement to just-style today (10 December) a spokesperson for Amazon said: "Amazon strictly prohibits counterfeit products in our store and we invest heavily to protect our store, customers, and brands and as a result, more than 99.9% of page views by our customers did not receive a notice of potential counterfeit infringement.

"Combatting counterfeit requires collaboration across the industry – from retailers, brands, law enforcement, and government and we continue to be actively engaged with these stakeholders as we hold bad actors accountable and drive counterfeit to zero in our store."