Customs inspections at Lunar New Year Fair

25 Jan 2014

Customs officers today (January 25) distributed pamphlets to stall operators at the Victoria Park Lunar New Year Fair to remind them not to sell counterfeit goods.

Divisional Commander (Intellectual Property General Investigation), Mr Lam Yau-tak, said today that Hong Kong Customs will step up inspections at local Lunar New Year Fairs to combat the sale of counterfeit products.

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. They were also reminded to verify with the corresponding agents or representatives of trademark owners if in doubt.

Under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, it is an offence to sell or to have in 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.

Reports on the selling of suspected counterfeiting goods can be made on the Customs' 24-hour hotline - 2545 6182.

Ends/Saturday, January 25 2014

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