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Patong counterfeit goods crackdown nets 10,000 items, valued at B20mn

PHUKET: Officials who carried out a series of raids in the tourist-popular Patong Beach area have reported in a matter of hours to have seized more than 10,000 illegal trademark items with an estimated street value of more than B20 million.

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Friday 19 May 2017, 11:06AM


The monster haul of illicit goods were announced at a high-profile press conference held at 8:30pm last night, after the raids on 10 locations in the beach resort town were launched at 4:30pm yesterday afternoon (May 18).

Present to tell the the press about the raids were no less than Col Anan Yuprasit of the Phuket office of the military’s Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) national security agency.

Hailing from Bangkok were Mana Simma, chief of the Criminal Case Investigation Division of the national Department of Provincial Administration and officers from Department of Intellectual Property.

Also present were local officials Kathu District Chief Sayan Chanachaiwong and Lt Col Saksan Khomsakhorn of Patong Police.

It was not revealed how many officers were used in carrying out the raids, or specifically which shops were raided.

However, the officers did announce that 10 “alien suspects” had been arrested and charged for selling counterfeit trademark items, but did not name any of the suspects or identify their nationalities.

The officers did report that most of the 10,000 items seized were counterfeit brand-name bags, shoes and clothes, including brands such as Nike and Adidas.

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“This raid and seizure of illegal trademark items being sold came after we received reports from owners of the trademarks that copies of their goods were being sold in Phuket, especially in Patong, which is a ‘red area’ for counterfeit copyright goods,” Mr Mana said.

“Patong is one location in 21 provinces in the Internal Security Operations Command plan to protect against and to suppress intellectual property infringement,” he added.

“I want to warn other people who sell illegal fake trademark items that if they are caught, they will face legal action. This affects the image of the province and the nation,” he said.

“Officers will continue their raids to eradicate all illegal fake trademark items,” he vowed.

“The owners of markets and other buildings (where such goods might be sold) will be called in to be informed about selling illegal trademark items and asked to cop-operate by keeping their eyes on this – and to not to let any illegal trademark items be sold in their places.” Mr Mana said.

However, despite the high-brow press conference, specifically regarding the Patong raids, no officials made any mention of any attempt to identify who hired the foreigners to sell the fake goods or any attempt to track down where the fake goods originated from.

 

 

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Surprised Wolf | 19 May 2017 - 14:10:48

Its the same with drugs. They catch the small fish, the sellers, but the big fish just swim away... wrong approach. Evdryone knows they do not really want to eradicate is because to many big guys are involved to make money out of it. 
This is for the show only...

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Barneswallisred | 19 May 2017 - 13:51:47

This must come as a big surprise to the Thai authorities....fake goods, on sale in Thailand, there must be a mistake.

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Kurt | 19 May 2017 - 13:07:53

Thinking about it:  When I own  shop premises, than rent it out to someone who only sells counterfeit goods,  do I violate the thai law?

These crack downs are not serious, just done once in a while to silence international branded producers who complain to their governments about these sales all over Thailand.
Tomorrow counterfeit business as usual as always after every 'crackdown'.
How come I never get punished when I allow illegal sales happening in my property, done by foreign  sales assistants in protected for 'thai only' jobs?

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Foot | 19 May 2017 - 12:25:20

A B2,000 average per item seems pretty high.

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Kurt | 19 May 2017 - 12:18:29

The usual once in a while officials action.
Something same-same as 1 time weekly arresting a few  drugs street sellers, but different.  :-)

The emptied shells in the shops will be stocked again tomorrow with the same stuff.
The import flow continues ( how is that actually possible?).

What are the legal actions sellers face?  A fine of 500 thb?
Can't be more, after all they have to feed families and pay high rent for their counterfeit goods shops.

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