Although some progress has been made, the manufacture and sale of counterfeit electrical products continues to pervade the industry. Electrical distributors can play a key role in stopping this illegal practice, because they are the main portal by which legitimate product travels from the manufacturer into the installer’s hands. In addition, companies such as Schneider Electric and organizations like Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) are helping to lead the charge against phony electrical products.

"Raising visibility about the problem of electrical counterfeits and providing organizations such as customs officials, distributors and consumers with the information they need to help in the fight is a major effort across the industry."

(Electrical Wholesaling)