Customs inspections at Lunar New Year Fairs

28 Jan 2011

Customs officers today (January 28) distributed pamphlets to stall operators at the Victoria Park Lunar New Year Fair, to remind them not to sell counterfeit goods.

Last November, Hong Kong Customs sent letters to successful bidders for Lunar New Year Fair stalls, reminding them to be cautious about the authenticity and origin of their goods.

During the Lunar New Year period, the Customs will also strengthen inspections against the sale of counterfeit goods at various Lunar New Year Fairs and shops.

Since 2007, the department has not found any stalls selling counterfeit goods at Lunar New Year Fairs.

Under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, it is a criminal offence for any person who sells or has in his/her possession for the purpose of trade any goods with forged trade marks. The maximum penalty is a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for five years.

Anyone who comes across any persons being involved in selling suspected counterfeiting goods can report to Customs by calling the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.

Ends/Friday, January 28, 2011

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