Hong Kong Customs smashes upstairs showroom for suspected counterfeit goods

9 Nov 2015

Hong Kong Customs on November 3 smashed a syndicate suspected of selling counterfeit goods by operating an upstairs showroom in Causeway Bay.

Acting on information provided by members of the public, Customs officers conducted a strike-and-search operation and cracked down on an upstairs showroom in Causeway Bay. The showroom, situated in a residential building, was not open to the public and only served acquainted customers. In the operation, more than 900 items of suspected counterfeit products valued at about $620,000, including ladies apparel and leather goods, were seized. Two women and one man, all aged 45, were arrested. They have been released on bail pending further investigation.

Customs will continue to take stringent enforcement actions to combat infringing activities. Members of the public are recommended to purchase items at shops with good reputations. Customs reminded traders that selling infringing and counterfeit goods is a serious crime and offenders are liable to criminal sanctions.

Under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, it is an offence to sell or possess for sale any goods with any forged trademark. Upon conviction, offenders are liable to a maximum punishment of imprisonment for five years and a fine of $500,000.

Anyone with information relating to suspected infringing activities may call Customs via the 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.

Ends/Monday, November 9, 2015

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