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Two booked for attempting to export fake designer goods to U.S.

All Headlines 16:38 December 04, 2009

YEONGJONG ISLAND, South Korea, Dec. 4 (Yonhap) -- Two members of a South Korean smuggling ring have been caught attempting to export counterfeit designer goods worth tens of millions of dollars from China to the United States, customs officials here said Friday.

The two unidentified men were booked without detention on charges of violating the trade mark law, the officials based at Incheon International Airport said, adding that their accomplice, a 36-year-old Korean-American man surnamed Kang, has been put on the wanted list.

The trio is accused of forging documents on the fake goods at a loading airport in Shanghai before shipping them to the South Korean city of Incheon because it is considered easier for products coming from Korea to pass U.S. customs than those from China, the officials said.

They added that about 4,300 fake designer watches and bags of 16 brands valued at 24 billion won (US$20.8 million) were seized, marking the largest volume of such goods ever detected since the airport opened in 2001. The faked luxury brands included Rolex, Cartier, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Burberry, they noted.

"The South Korean smuggling ring has been busted through cooperation with the U.S. authorities," a customs official said requesting anonymity. "We will intensify a crackdown on illegally loaded products," the official added.

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