Hong Kong Customs combats unfair trade practices on home renovation services

22 Dec 2016

Hong Kong Customs today (December 22) arrested a home renovation consultant suspected of having applied false trade descriptions to the home renovation services supplied, in contravention of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance (TDO).

Customs earlier received information alleging that a home renovation consultant applied false trade descriptions in conducting renovation with reinforced cement concrete. After investigation, Customs officers today arrested a 51-year old man. Investigation is ongoing and the arrested person has been released on bail pending further investigation.

Customs reminded traders to comply with the requirements of the TDO and consumers to procure services at reputable shops.

Under the TDO, any person who applies false trade descriptions to a service supplied to a consumer, in the course of trade or business, commits an offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for five years.

Members of the public may report any suspected violations of the TDO to the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.

Ends/Thursday, December 22, 2016

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