Passengers to get fake-goods warning

national August 31, 2012 00:00

By The Nation

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Airline passengers flying into Thailand will soon receive on-board warnings against bringing counterfeit products into the Kingdom, otherwise they risk being fined and seeing their goods confiscated.


The move is part of a serious crackdown on counterfeit and pirated goods.
Commercial airlines will be required to warn their passengers that carrying counterfeit products into the Kingdom is a violation of Thai copyright law and subject to punishment.
The Commerce Ministry's Intellectual Property Department, in cooperation with the Transport Ministry’s Civil Aviation Department, will impose the requirement on commercial airlines. Pajchima Tanasanti, director-general of the Intellectual Property Department, said yesterday that the ban would cover products that violate intellectual property rights.
The department will also ask the Customs Department and the Information and Communications Technology Ministry to amend concerned laws for better suppression of fake products. The ICT Ministry will also focus more on blocking websites that sell fake or pirated products.