Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected counterfeit goods worth about $3 million (with photos)

4 Jul 2022

Hong Kong Customs seized about 4 400 items of suspected counterfeit goods with a total estimated market value of about $3 million at Shenzhen Bay Control Point, Tsing Yi and Kwai Chung from June 27 to 29. One person was arrested.

Through risk assessment, Customs officers on June 27 intercepted an incoming lorry at Shenzhen Bay Control Point and seized about 740 items of suspected counterfeit mobile phones inside. A 44-year-old male driver was arrested.

After follow-up investigation, Customs officers took enforcement action on June 28 and 29 and raided an express courier service centre in Tsing Yi and a logistics company in Kwai Chung. About 3 600 items of suspected counterfeit goods, including mobile phone accessories, footwear and accessories, were further seized. Initial investigation revealed that the batch of goods would have been transshipped to European countries.

Investigation is ongoing and the arrested male driver has been released on bail pending further investigation.

Customs will continue to strengthen co-operation with the Mainland and overseas law enforcement agencies and take stringent enforcement action against cross-boundary counterfeit goods activities.

Under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, any person who imports or exports any goods to which a forged trade mark is applied 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 counterfeiting activities to Customs' 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).

Ends/Monday, July 4, 2022

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