Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Knockoff crackdown protested



Knockoff crackdown protested

Cambodian-owned shops on Poipet border were shut down by owners before a crackdown by Thai authorities earlier this month. Photo supplied
Cambodian-owned shops on the Poipet border were shut down by owners before a crackdown by Thai authorities earlier this month. Photo supplied

Knockoff crackdown protested

Cambodian vendors operating at Thailand’s Rong Kluea Market expressed “deep concern” after Thai authorities imposed stiff new penalties on the prohibited import and trade of counterfeit goods throughout the country.

One of the Cambodian vendors, Bun Heng, told The Post yesterday that Thai authorities have warned them that those who continue to bring in such products could face up to four years’ imprisonment or a fine not exceeding almost $11,500.

Heng claimed that the Rong Kluea Market director had said the penalties came in response to a riot by Cambodian vendors over a counterfeit raid last February. Cambodian vendors have continued to sell the goods despite a series of crackdowns on pirated products since then.

“Seventy percent of all Cambodian vendors [in Rong Kluea] are selling fake goods . . . They have closed their stores as they are afraid of the Thai authorities who might arrest them and seize their goods,” garment vendor Thai Tola said.

According to Tola, a group of vendors will gather today in front of Poipet Town Hall, across the border in Banteay Meanchey province, to submit a petition seeking Prime Minister Hun Sen’s intervention.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh unveils rules for post-lockdown transition

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration issued a set of detailed guidelines for the seven days to May 12 after the capital emerges from lockdown at the onset of May 6. In the 14-page document signed by municipal governor Khuong Sreng released on the evening of May 5, the

  • SBI LY HOUR Bank Launches Cross Border Money Transfer Service between Cambodia and Vietnam on RippleNet, utilizing DLT

    SBI LY HOUR Bank Plc and Hanoi-based Tien Phong Commercial Joint Stock Bank (TPBank) on Friday launched the first Cambodia-Vietnam money transfer service in real currency via RippleNet, provided by SBI Ripple Asia Co Ltd to provide safe, fast and convenient services. SBI LY HOUR

  • Gov’t issues guidelines as lockdown nears end

    The government has issued a five-page set of instructions to be enforced when the three-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Takmao town in Kandal province ends on May 6. According to an announcement signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 4, the instructions cover a

  • Cambodia ready to exit LDC status

    Cambodia is well-prepared to minimise economic risks when it graduates from its Least Developed Countries status, according to a senior official at the Ministry of Commerce on May 7. Four LDCs – Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh and Nepal – met at a virtual workshop last week to explore potential

  • Tottenham Hotspur to wear ISF Cambodia logo on jerseys in match against Sheffield United

    Last year, the Indochina Starfish Foundation (ISF) – an NGO providing education to underprivileged children in Cambodia – made global headlines with its “socially distanced” football initiative. This year, a world-class football club – Tottenham Hotspur FC – will wear special edition jerseys to show their support for ISF

  • Nine US franchises eye Cambodia debut

    Nine famous US franchising companies are looking for business opportunities and expansion into Cambodia to build a footstep for a strong foundation in Southeast Asia. The US embassy in Phnom Penh, in partnership with the US Foreign Commercial Service and with support from the American