The Bangkok Ministry of Commerce destroyed more than 400,000 counterfeit goods worth about 173 million baht, the goods were seized during raids to protect intellectual property rights.
Deputy Commerce Minister Sinit Lertkrai yesterday oversaw the destruction of 404,985 counterfeit items, including clothing, bags, belts, shoes, watches, cell phones, CD/VCDs, eyewear, cosmetics, auto parts, and food.
The government’s efforts to tackle intellectual piracy have paid off as Thailand is no longer on the list of countries included in the US assessment of notorious counterfeiting and piracy markets for 2021.
This was the result of a joint effort by the Department’s Intellectual Property Division (DIP) and relevant agencies.
These include the Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc), the Royal Thai Police (RTP), the Ministries of Defence, Home Affairs and Digital Economy and Society, Customs and the Department of Special Investigations (DSI).
“The public destruction of counterfeit products is an important mechanism for demonstrating transparency in handling this case in accordance with the World Trade Organization and environmental standards, which will increase the confidence of investors and property owners,” Sinit said.
“These counterfeit products are not only harmful to the country’s economy, but are often substandard and can endanger people’s health,” he added.
The RTP seized 93,945 items, Customs seized 124,561 items and the DSI seized 186,479 items.
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