Joining forces: outwitting counterfeiters in north-east Asia


Customs officials from South Korea, Japan and China have joined forces in an attempt to outwit counterfeiters across the so-called Beseto corridor.

In an inverted S-shape, running from Beijing to Seoul and ending in Tokyo, lies the so-called Beseto corridor. It is one of the largest urbanised ‘city-regions’ in the world, encompassing the capital cities of China, South Korea and Japan plus two other major cities, and comprising around 100 million inhabitants along a 1500-kilometre strip.

With increasingly wily counterfeiters, every day vast quantities of genuine and counterfeit goods wind their way down the Beseto corridor. It takes only two hours to fly from Beijing to Seoul, and another two hours from Seoul to Tokyo. Counterfeit goods manufactured in China, seen as the world’s primary supplier of fake products, can reach major cities and millions of consumers at a very fast pace.

"In a world where size matters, counterfeiters refuse to deal with potential customers unless they make a substantial purchase, and they never provide samples."

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