Hong Kong Customs yesterday (September 13) conducted an anti-counterfeiting operation in Kwun Tong and seized about 740 suspected counterfeit wallets with an estimated market value of $330,000.
Customs earlier received information alleging that suspected counterfeit wallets were being sold in a shop in Kwun Tong. After investigation, Customs officers yesterday afternoon seized about 740 suspected counterfeit wallets in a short-term leased shop which promoted low-price warehouse sale. A 30-year-old male shop manager and a 35-year-old male salesperson were arrested. Investigation is ongoing.
Customs appeals to consumers to procure items at reputable shops and to check with trademark owners or their authorised agents if the authenticity of a product is in doubt.
Customs also reminds traders to be cautious and prudent in merchandising since the sale of counterfeit goods is a serious crime and offenders are liable to criminal sanctions.
Under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, any person who sells or possesses for sale any goods with a forged trademark 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 infringing activities to the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.
Ends/Thursday, September 14, 2017