During the summer of 2011, Customs in South Korea caught 5,385 people attempting to smuggle more luxury purses into the country that is allowed under duty-free limits. The number of smugglers caught between July 18 and then end of August was 18 percent higher then the number of people caught in 2010.
The most popular luxury bag smuggled was Chanel, followed by Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Prada and Hermes. A government report back in 2008 reported that Chanel was the most counterfeited bag in South Korea as well.
Source: “Incheon Customs Catch More Luxury Goods Smugglers,” Chosum Ilbo, September 5, 2011.