On June 9th 2010, at Phuket Customs Office, Pradit Pattaraprasit, the Deputy Minister of Finance, presided over the destruction of pirated products seized by the Customs Office for the 4th Region. Those present at the event were Somchai Satchapong, the Director–General of the Customs Department of Thailand, 10 Director–Generals of customs department from ASEAN countries who were attending the 19th Customs Departments’ Director – General Summit in Phuket during June 8th – 11th 2010, and related Phuket officials.
There were 47,697 pirated products destroyed in the event, including 1,380 movie DVDs; 765 sun-glasses; 4,989 suitcases & bags; 39,265 clothes; 665 watches; 269 belts; and 364 bottles of fragrance. All of these products cost or were worth 48,739,462 baht.
Pradit said after the product destruction that copyright violation in Thailand needs to be suppressed seriously and continuously because the situation makes the U.S.A. increase its import tax tariffs which obstruct Thailand’s exports.
Meanwhile, Somchai added that in 2009, there were 648 copyright violation cases worth 290 million baht. Most of the products were transferred to Thailand from the borders of Thailand – Myanmar, Thailand – Laos, and at Suwannabhumi International Airport.