On the 10th March 2017 was Thailand’s Annual Destruction Ceremony located at the 11th Infantry Regiment of the King’s Guard Military base.
Opening the event was Mr. Prawit Wongsuwan, the Minister of Defense in Thailand who in conjunction with the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand both welcomed all in attendance and called for continued attentiveness in the removal of counterfeit goods in Thailand. Representatives from numerous international companies and Embassies from around the world attended the ceremony.
The Department of Intellectual Property organized this destruction from 2,368 closed cases in collaboration with several other IP enforcement authorities such as the Royal Thai Police, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), and the Customs Department.
The sale of counterfeit goods has decreased by 80% and as many as 3,600,000 items have been confiscated totaling more than 1.7 billion Thai Baht. This number of confiscated counterfeit goods have been the highest ever recorded in Thailand up to this point. The Ministry expressed its confidence that Thailand will soon be withdrawn from the United States Priority Watch List (PWL) as soon as April of this year.