Damage to several tens of millions of crowns would cause trademark owners to commit counterfeiters of goods that Prague customs officials seized at the Sapa market in Libuše, Prague. They found tens of thousands of pieces of clothing, watches, handbags, shoes, sunglasses, and wallets that were unlawfully marked with protected logos. The spokesman Miroslav Pokštefl said today on the website of the Prague customs office.
Fake in the SAPA market. Photo: Customs Administration of the Czech Republic
Customs officers of the Sapa market, where the Vietnamese merchants mainly operate, checked this morning. "Goods infringing intellectual property rights have been found behind the secret door of a sales outlet that the vendor overcame and offered to counterfeit customers to offer counterfeit goods," the spokesman said. Counterfeit goods were trademarks of Adidas, Nike, Calvin Klein, Camel, Gucci, Michael Kors, and Guess.
With counterfeit dealers not displaying, but offering covertly, customs officers meet frequently. "But after a more in-depth investigation of the place, they find secret boxes, double walls or secret doors where fake merchants have hidden (merchants)," the spokesman added.
In addition to textile dealers, Sapa has repeatedly encountered problems with authorities including grocery stores and restaurants. Today, the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority said that, in a joint inspection with police officers in Sapa, it revealed several food transport vehicles and one store that did not meet the basic requirements of hygiene regulations. In the shop and cars inspectors found rodents and food without proof of origin, in cars, moreover thawing frozen food.