Customs seizes counterfeit broom paper (with photos)

17 Oct 2008

Customs netted about 25,000 boxes of counterfeit broom paper, worth $200,000, in a territory-wide operation yesterday (October 16).

They also arrested two men and four women, aged 24 to 45, including shop managers, senior merchandising managers, and persons-in-charge of the retailer and supplier. They are on bail pending further investigations.

With the assistance of the trademark owner concerned, Customs officers raided two office premises, four retail outlets and two warehouses yesterday morning.

Customs investigations are continuing.

A Customs spokesman today (October 17) reminded the public to report any cases of suspected counterfeiting activities to the Customs and Excise Department by calling its 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.

Any person who contravenes the Trade Descriptions Ordinance is liable to prosecution. The maximum penalty is a fine of $500,000 and an imprisonment for five years.

Ends/Friday, October 17, 2008

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