Fake products smashed by Thai Deputy Finance Minister

Pirated goods valued at nearly 50 million Baht were destroyed in an operation watched over by senior officials of the Thai Finance Ministry and Customs Department.

Last Wednesday Pradit Pattaraprasit, the deputy finance minister, presided over the destruction of counterfeit DVD movies, perfume, and copy designer clothing and accessories which had been seized in a series of raids by authorities in southern Thailand.

The action was part of Thailand’s ongoing fight against breaches of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) laws. After the goods had been bulldozed Minister Pradit said that the act indicated the country’s commitment to suppressing IPR infringements.

Minister Pradit added that he hoped the ceremonial action would help Thai people realise that copyright infringement was against the law. Educating buyers so that they no longer chose counterfeit articles would stop the production and need for them.

Somchai Sajjapong, the director-general of the Thai Customs Department, and customs officials from 12 other ASEAN countries also attended the event at Phuket Town’s, Customs’ offices. The ASEAN officials are in Phuket for the 19th ASEAN Customs Director-General’s meeting and observed as honourable guests.

After the destruction, the World Customs Organization’s Kunio Mikuriya commented that both Thailand and ASEAN seemed intent on stamping out the production and trading of counterfeit articles.

Thailand is still on the US’s Priority Watch List of countries that break copyright laws. Being on this list means that Thai exporters could pay more duty on goods imported into the US.

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