Foreigner detained in Yiwu for faked goods

09:32, September 08, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

The city's customs office recently seized more than 8,000 pieces of branded sportswear bearing the names Nike and Adidas intended for export by a foreigner in Yiwu, Zhejiang province.

The fake items were mixed with blouses, hats and shorts, all of which had been declared at customs to be clothing without brands.

Yet due to "years of experience, I felt there was something wrong", said Zheng Xianneng, the customs official who discovered the counterfeits.

A suspect has been arrested and confessed, police said, but his name or nationality was not released.

"This is the first time Chinese customs had a foreign suspect arrested for export of counterfeits, though many have escaped," said Luo Xuhong, head of the intellectual property section at Yiwu customs.

Now a world-leading center for trade in small commodities, "Yiwu has a huge daily export volume and the amount is increasing", said Zhang Jun, Yiwu customs commissioner.

"We supervised an average of 46,500 export containers a month with a range of small commodities in the first half of this year," Zhang said. "So it is a big challenge for us to check every container thoroughly."

"Fraudulent traders are taking advantage of that to export fakes," Zhang noted.

In addition, chaos in the local freight business also contributes to shipping counterfeits.

Of more than 3,000 companies and individuals involved in freight export in Yiwu, only 100 are officially registered, according to the Economic Information Daily newspaper.

Some companies agree to transport infringing goods for foreign traders to cope with the fierce competition.

Adding to the unruliness is customs brokers - the last link in export procedures before customs - that mostly examine documents rather than goods, making it easier for counterfeiters to thrive.

To improve enforcement, an international association of freight and storage companies has been established in Yiwu that aims to standardize service in the industry.

"For our common interest, joint efforts will be made to maintain the order of Yiwu's export market and clear fraudulent traders from it," said Jin Lixian, general secretary of the association.

Stricter supervision on customs brokers includes possible closure of their business if they are involved in the trade in fakes, authorities said.

Source:China Daily


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Tourists walk in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin, capital of Germany, Sept. 29, 2011. Fine weather on Thursday added to the mood of outdoor leisure for residents and tourists in Berlin. (Xinhua/Ma Ning)
  • Dancers from National Ballet Troupe of Spain perform during a rehearsal for the press at Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan, Sept. 29, 2011. The troupe will put on Dualia and La Leyenda, two folk dances here from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. (Xinhua/Wu Ching-teng)
  • Players of Iran throw up their coach Velasco Julio during the awarding ceremony at the 16th Asian Men's Volleyball Championship in Tehran, capital of Iran, Sept. 29, 2011. Iran won the champion after beating China 3-1 in the final on Thursday. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz)
  • Greek artists burn copies of emergency tax notices during a protest against austerity measures in Athens, Greece, on Sept. 29, 2011. The Greek government is facing a new wave of protests as it introduces new austerity measures to obtain the sixth tranche of aids necessary to overcome the acute debt crisis.(Xinhua/Marios Lolos)
  • A winner of the 36th Miss Bikini International 2011 poses for a photo at the Olympic Sailing Center in Qingdao, a coastal city of east China's Shandong Province, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Chen Jianli)
  • Staff members are in position at Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 29, 2011. Commander-in-chief of China's manned space program Chang Wanquan announced Thursday night that the launch of Tiangong-1 space lab module was successful. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
Hot Forum Discussion