Hong Kong Customs today (November 13) conducted an operation to combat online wholesale of counterfeiting goods and seized about 75 pieces of suspected counterfeit sunglasses with an estimated market value of about $37,000 in Ngau Tau Kok.
Customs earlier received information alleging that an Internet wholesaler was selling suspected counterfeit sunglasses on a social network platform. After investigation, Customs officers today took enforcement action in a storage of the Internet wholesaler in Ngau Tau Kok.
During the operation, about 75 pieces of suspected counterfeit sunglasses were seized. A 44-year-old man was arrested. Investigation is ongoing.
Customs reminds traders to be cautious and prudent in merchandising, since selling infringing goods is a serious crime and offenders will face criminal liability. Customs also appeals to consumers to procure items at reputable shops and to check with trademark owners or copyright owners or their authorised agents if the authenticity of a product is in doubt.
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/Monday, November 13, 2017