Luxury goods seized in Vietnam for being fake, genuine after all

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A group of experts from Gucci have concluded that part of a large consignment of goods imported into Vietnam and seized for suspicion of being cheap Chinese imitations are indeed genuine.

Experts from the world famous Italian luxury goods manufacturer arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday and collaborated with Ho Chi Minh City's police to inspect items from the shipment seized in downtown HCMC last November, a source told Thanh Nien.

As other items within the consignment are labeled with the brand name Dolce & Gabbana (D&G), police are awaiting the arrival of experts from that Italian producer to arrive in Vietnam to check if they are legitimate or counterfeit.

On November 27 the city police caught four trucks carrying cartons containing clothes, handbags, and footwear made by Gucci and other brands to a Gucci and Milano warehouse which supplies the retail outlets in District 1.

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They had been imported by Nam De Company from Hong Kong, and declared to be of Chinese origin and worth $1.8-7 each, but the stores had claimed they sold genuine goods.

After the raid the police closed down the two stores. However, they were allowed to reopen about two weeks later.

Nam De was also shut down. Its director Nguyen Thanh Binh, together with employees Pham Van Hoan and Le Hong Duc, who were in charge of importing the consignment in question, are questioned by the police.

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