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A WORKSHOP making fake World Expo 2010 souvenirs was shut down and counterfeit goods with a face value of 200,000 yuan (US$29,445) were seized, Pudong Industrial and Administrative Bureau officials said yesterday.
During the operation, bureau officials seized a total of 3,899 glass and crystal products and 495 mobile phone accessories that included the Expo logo and a picture of Haibao, the 2010 World Expo mascot.
According to Sun Chanqi, a bureau official, the workshop was run by a man from Hangzhou.
The man rented an apartment at No.1 Shangnan Complex, near the Expo site, in May and used it to produce and store fake World Expo souvenirs.
He sold the fake goods mainly to street vendors who would sell them at the entrance of the Expo site. But Sun didn't give out the suspect's name and said the case had been handed to police for investigation.
Unauthorized Expo product vendors can been seen in several spots within the Expo grounds due to law-enforcement understaffing, lack of punishment and problems with cross-departmental collaboration.
These vendors neither hide their copycat products nor wait in dark corners, as their counterparts do outside the Expo site.
One such vendor was spotted next to Gate 1 in Puxi Site. He was only a few steps from the authorized Expo store.
Security guards at the entrance chose to neglect him. They said "it's out of reach of our department," when asked.
Some vendors peddle items across fences and iron bars at entrances and exits.
"We are only in charge of the illegal vendors in the park. Outside the park, it's up to the district to handle the case," Shen Weijun, an official with the city-level Urban Management Team, told Shanghai Daily.
"We are seriously understaffed inside the Expo site. We try to have 12 officials every day, but it's nothing considering the size of the park."
Another official from the same department said it was difficult to get enough passes for officials to enter the Expo grounds.
This may explain why Shanghai Daily has witnessed unauthorized vendors selling fake souvenirs in the same locations. Two of the favorite spots are the elevated walkway near the Saudi Arabia Pavilion and the meadows behind the Taiwan Pavilion.
"It's one of the shadiest areas, which makes it cooler, so I stick to this spot," said one vendor near the Taiwan Pavilion.
He said he had been there for a week and had never been bothered by officials. "The best they can do is advise me to leave, so I'm not worried or afraid about it," he said.


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