South Korea’s Customs service has released an intellectual property infringement report detailing the most-seized counterfeit goods over the past four years.
According to the report, South Korean officials seized more fake Louis Vuitton products than any other between June 2014 and June this year, a trend that accelerated over the period.
Agents seized KRW183.1 billion (US$224 million) worth of LV-trademarked counterfeit goods, mostly originating from China. Almost a quarter of those goods were seized within the last six months alone.
Democratic Party lawmaker Kang Byung-won, who commissioned and released the report, said: “Making and distributing fake goods is a criminal act that violates intellectual property rights, and it is required to toughen crackdown on such illegalities.”
Other frequently counterfeited brands include Rolex watches, Cartier jewelry, Chanel garments and accessories, and Gucci products.