Officials raid counterfeit brand name shirt factory in Phuket

Counterfeit shirt factory, photo by The Phuket Express.

Officials raided a counterfeit brand name shirt factory in Phuket‘s Kathu district yesterday. The team of officials from the Intellectual Property Department said they found machines and equipment used for shirt production at a house in a housing district near Kathu Waterfall.

The officials also raided two nearby houses where they found thousands of counterfeit brand name shirts, The Phuket Express reported.

The team arrested three suspects and brought them to Kathu Police Station for further legal action.

The shirts included the trademark logos of companies including Adidas, Nike, Under Armour, Boss, Gucci, and RVCA, according to The Phuket News.

The officials said that many foreign tourists are visiting Phuket since the tourism situation has improved, but they are being sold counterfeit brand name goods which have harmed Phuket’s tourism image. They also said that incidents like this cause a lot of damage to copyright owners, and to Thailand in general.

This news comes amid several busts in Thailand against counterfeit items.

On Tuesday, police and officials seized about 200,000 counterfeit auto parts worth around 10 million baht in Thailand’s central Nakhon Pathom province. Local police, economic crime suppression police, and other officials raided a warehouse in the Nakhon Chaisi district.

Last month, Thai cops busted a Chinese man in Bangkok over counterfeit electronics that cost over 20 million baht. Officers from the Economic Crime Suppression Division (ECD) found fake phones and electronic devices in a raid at a warehouse in the Don Mueang district.

The week before that, Thai police seized around 67,000 counterfeit cosmetics, fake toothpaste, and substandard medical equipment and rubber gloves found at the warehouse in Samut Prakan. The cosmetics and low-quality medical supplies were worth an estimated 14 million baht. Officers from the Consumer Protection Division (CPD) in Thailand conducted searches in two different locations in Prawet District in Bangkok.

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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