The Customs Department in Mae Sai District, Chiang Rai Province burned over 11 Million THB worth of illegal goods. The Workpoint News reported on the 19th of this month (July 2019) that Virot Yaibuathet from the Customs Department in Mae Sai District and other officers will burn the illegal goods.
The illegal goods are goods that do not follow the customs law of Thailand. Most of the items have been seized from the Thai – Burmese Border Gate. The illegal goods will be gathered and burned all at the district waste disposal center that is also in Mae Sai District, Chiang Rai Province. Illegal goods have always been a big issue in Thailand, now that officials are more strict in protecting infringement rights many sellers are turning to e-commerce by using different platforms to sell the products. Popular illegal goods sold online include fake designer bags, fake makeup, and fake perfume. The products are often sold on Instagram, Facebook, and other online platforms.
The illegal goods include supplements, diet pills, medical creams, hair dye, hair products, mobile phones, pirated goods, patent infringement products, and more. One of the most popular goods seized at the border are fake designer handbags, fake jewelry, and even fake pajamas using famous names such as Mickey Mouse. Together there are over 62 case files involved with the products that were burned. The total worth of 11,098,872 THB of illegal goods was destroyed.
The goods were smuggled into Thailand from the border. Normally the goods will then be sent to other provinces including into Bangkok. Some illegal goods are transported by water and then hidden inside forests in an attempt to hide from the officials. Those who were caught with illegal goods when it was seized will be prosecuted.
FB Caption: Most of the items have been seized from the Thai – Burmese Border Gate, but some of the items are smuggled in through the waters and into forests.
Source: Workpoint News