Customs targeting gem fair participants?

Customs targeting gem fair participants? - February 24, 2003
We have had two reports from exhibitors in the upcoming Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair (Feb. 26-Mar. 2) of being thoroughly searched at Don Muang Airport. In both cases the officers informed the travelers that they had received orders from the government to pay special attention to show participants as taxes and fines on the samples brought in for the fair are a good source of income for the country. In one case the officer also volunteered they had renewed orders to pay close attention to Thai women likely to have gone on shopping sprees overseas. 2b asked the information section of Customs about this. An officer who did not wish to be named said he did not believe there were any new or special orders like this and that the officers were just performing their normal duties.
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