LAW UPDATE: 14 July 2023


On June 16, 2023, Domnern Somgiat & Boonma (DS&B), represented by Nutthakarn Phongphunpunya, attended a press conference organized by the Customs Department in which Mr. Pongtep Buasap, Deputy Director-General of the Customs Department, reported the successful seizures of a large number of illegal goods infringing trademarks and copyrights and other kinds of illegal goods including hookahs, e-cigarettes, and smuggled cigarettes, total number of which was 1,295,875 items. Some of those goods were displayed in the event. It was estimated that the total value of the seized goods was THB 57,349,633 (about USD 2,000,000). The Director-General also announced that all of the seized goods would be destroyed by incineration at an electricity-generating plant and by crushing with a steam-roller later in the month.

This event shows the commitment of the Thai Customs Department to combat the proliferation of IP-infringing goods and serves as a strong deterrent to those involved in illegal trade while emphasizing the department’s policy of protecting IP rights.

In light of this news, we encourage trademark owners to record their trademarks with the Customs Department. Trademark recordation makes it easier for Customs officers to communicate with trademark owners or their agents in order to be able to work more quickly and effectively. DS&B has long and established experience in providing the trademark recordation service. For more detailed information, we invite you to explore the following articles published on our web site:

New Customs Recordation Procedure in Thailand
(published September 28, 2022)

New Customs Department Notification on Trademark or Copyright Infringing Goods  
(published August 19, 2022)

Should you have any inquiries regarding Customs recordation or any related matters, please contact Rutorn Nopakun (, Nutthakarn Phongphanpunya ( or Oraphan Chayanuwat (