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South Korea signs agreements on consumer safety with Temu and AliExpress in China

On Monday, the antitrust regulator from South Korea said that it had struck agreements with Temu and AliExpress, two Chinese e-commerce platforms, with the aim of better protecting consumers and preventing the sale of dangerous items.

The action was taken when the customs agency discovered, according to the Fair Trade Commission (FTC), that some of the goods offered on Temu and AliExpress, which are owned by Alibaba, had high concentrations of carcinogens and other dangerous materials.

In accordance with the voluntary agreements, the two e-commerce businesses will stop selling and distributing dangerous goods and undertake safety inspections of their products using information from monitoring operations carried out by the South Korean government and other organizations, according to Yonhap news agency.

Customers should also be informed of this information by Chinese shops, and the Seoul government will monitor whether the platforms properly conduct the necessary follow-up precautions.

“The agreements were the first of their kind signed between the South Korean government and foreign online platform operators on product safety,” the Federal Trade Commission said in a statement.

“The government will establish a close monitoring system.”

Users from South Korea have been complaining more and more lately about goods and services they are seeing on Chinese sites.

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