Ningbo police bust 25 million RMB counterfeit apparel operation
Ningbo authorities have arrested several suspects alleged to have operated a counterfeit clothing operation based in Zhejiang Province. Police seized tens of thousands of pieces of clothing worth up to 25 million yuan from a warehouse in Ningbo's Haishu District. Among the infringed marks were Under Armour, Nike, Air Jordan and Calvin Klein.
Zhejiang Province is one of China's most important manufacturing hubs, especially for textiles. The city of Ningbo has a long tradition of garment manufacturing. In fact, many of the renowned tailors based in Shanghai are descended from Ningbo natives. Known as Hongbang (red group), these Ningbo tailors originated during the twilight of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) when Chinese first began to wear Western clothing. The English-language Shanghai Daily notes that Hongbang tailors opened Shanghai's first dedicated Western suit shop in 1896.
With its deep knowledge of garment manufacturing, Ningbo provides fertile ground for counterfeiters - According to the Ningbo government's official website, there are more than 2000 garment manufacturers based in the city today. Annually, they produce 1.3 billion pieces of clothing, comprising about 12% of China's total clothing output. Ningbo even has garment brands of its own: Younger, Firs, Romon, and Progen.
Interestingly, the article says that police first became privy to the counterfeit operation when they discovered information "in the cloud" about a Taobao store selling counterfeit clothing, Interestingly, the article says that police first became privy to the counterfeit operation when they discovered information "in the cloud" about a Taobao store selling counterfeit clothing, proving that coefficient online to offline brand protection does indeed catch counterfeiters with their pants down.