Hong Kong Customs cracks down on booth selling counterfeit jewellery (with photo)

27 Jun 2016

Hong Kong Customs conducted an operation between June 23 and 26 to combat booths selling counterfeit jewellery at a fair held in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).

Customs earlier received information concerning the display of counterfeit jewellery for order at a booth at a jewellery fair held at the HKCEC. After initial investigation, Customs conducted an operation on June 24 and seized five counterfeit bracelets and a counterfeit key holder displayed as a sample at the booth. The 44-year-old man in charge of the booth was also arrested. The man was convicted of selling goods with forged trademark, in contravention of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, and sentenced to two months' imprisonment by the court on June 25.

A Customs spokesman said that Customs would continue to take stringent enforcement actions to combat infringing activities and appealed to booth exhibitors to respect intellectual property rights and not to sell counterfeit goods.

Under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, it is an offence to sell or possess for sale any goods with forged trademark. Upon conviction, offenders shall be liable to a maximum penalty of imprisonment for five years and a fine of $500,000.

Anyone with information related to the sale of suspected infringing goods may call Customs via the 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.

Ends/Monday, June 27, 2016

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