$3.69 million worth of suspected counterfeit leather goods

5 Jun 2004

Customs officers of the Harbour and River Trade Division made a significant seizure of suspected counterfeit leather goods, valued at $3.69 million, from a transshipment container on Thursday (June 3).

During a cargo inspection operation at the Yau Ma Tei Anchorage about 9.45pm on June 3, the officers inspected a container on board a river trade vessel arriving from Huangpu. As a result, they found 12,641 suspected counterfeit handbags and 18 metal buckles.

A spokesman for the Customs and Excise Department said today (June 5), "Preliminary investigations revealed that the goods were destined for the United States.

Investigations are still going on and no arrest has yet been made."

Under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, any person importing goods bearing forged trade marks is liable to a maximum fine of $500,000 and five years' imprisonment.

Ends/Saturday, June 5, 2004

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