Thai authorities on Saturday agreed to let Cambodian vendors continue to sell their remaining knock-off products at the Long Keur market – just across the border from Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet town – until the end of April following a second counterfeit bust on Saturday.
The agreement was reached after Thai and Cambodian authorities met after Saturday’s bust, according to Chum Sounry, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Saturday’s bust, in which Thai police confiscated clothes, bags and shoes, led to one arrest, but no violence.
Cambodian sellers started a riot during the first bust in early February after Thai police confiscated various fake products from them.
Koh Kong Provincial Governor Korsum Saroeut said Cambodian authorities plan to build a market for the Cambodian vendors to continue to sell their products on the Kingdom’s side of the border after the April deadline to avoid problems in the future.
“It is good news for Cambodian sellers if Cambodian authorities prepare a new place for them to sell in Cambodian territory,” said Soum Chankea, a coordinator for Adhoc in Banteay Meanchey province.
According to Sounry, Cambodian sellers will be educated not to sell fake products across the border after the deadline.
Meng Huy, a vendor at the market, said police on Saturday broke door locks to collect the confiscated products. “We lost a lot of money,” he said.