About Esip

“A sort of Consumer Report for the underworld”

In today’s interconnected world, black markets have the power to wreak havoc on all industries and across all regions. Whether denying needed tax revenues to governments, destabilizing societies or damaging the environment, the global black market impacts nearly everyone on a daily basis.

Despite billions of dollars spent combating the activities of the black market, little attention has been given to producing clear and useful data about those activities. When information and market statistics have been produced, they generally have been used as marketing tools designed to promote a certain agenda rather than to objectively describe the actual situation.

Esip addresses this need for accurate, unbiased data by providing a centralized location for all information about the black market. By collecting and analyzing hundreds of pieces of data every day, we provide only the highest quality of information to our global users.

“We have checked the sources provided by Esip and have found
that Esip accurately records the reported amounts.”


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Data listed within Esip’s website is collected from credible open-source documents such as newspapers, government reports and academic journals. The source for the figure is clearly listed on each data post. This allows users to see where the information has come from, judge the credibility of the source, and pursue further research if necessary.

Starting in September 2013, Esip has also started to collect User Submitted information. The ability to tap into its user base allows Esip to present prices and other first-hand accounts of the global black market. When using User Submitted Data, the information is clearly marked as such.

With our transparent nature and strict source documentation, Esip has gained the trust of users around the world. Our data has been used in a wide range of publications such as , , , and .

As the premier global provider of information on black market activities, the World Economic Forum used our data in its to highlight the issue of illicit trade. In 2012, the Council on Foreign Relations utilized our research when researching the issue of transnational crime for their .

All our data on the black market is available for free to the public for personal use. Ranking totals and other information collected by Esip may be cited, so long as Esip is properly sourced and credited with a link back to our website when applicable.

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