Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected counterfeit goods worth about $1.4 million (with photo)

30 Aug 2023

Hong Kong Customs on August 17 seized about 3 000 items of suspected counterfeit goods with an estimated market value of about $1.4 million at the Shenzhen Bay Control Point.

Through risk assessment, Customs officers intercepted an incoming truck at the Shenzhen Bay Control Point on that day. The batch of suspected counterfeit goods, including clothing, footwear, handbags and watches, was found inside the cargo compartment of the truck. A 52-year-old male driver was subsequently arrested.

An initial investigation revealed that the batch of suspected counterfeit goods would be transhipped to overseas regions by the airfreight channel.

An investigation is ongoing and the arrested man 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) or online form (eform.cefs.gov.hk/form/ced002).

Ends/Wednesday, August 30, 2023

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