In January and February, Hong Kong Customs teamed with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE) in a joint operation to fight cross-boundary counterfeiting activities, resulting in the seizure of about 4,600 counterfeit goods in Hong Kong of about $660,000. This is one of the ongoing collaborative moves Hong Kong Customs has taken with the international law enforcement authorities to curb transnational counterfeiting activities.
In January, the month leading to a famous US sports event, Hong Kong Customs selected outbound express parcels suspected of containing counterfeit goods destined for the United States for inspection. This resulted in the seizure of over 100 pieces of counterfeit sports-related items, including jerseys and hats.
Hong Kong Customs officers also mounted a strike-and-search operation in Mong Kok on February 3. In the operation, one hawker stall and its related storage were raided. The stall keeper was arrested with over 4,400 pieces of counterfeit goods seized, including 400 pieces of counterfeit goods related to the sports event.
Hong Kong Customs will continue to join hands with overseas authorities to combat transnational counterfeiting activities.
Ends/Saturday, February 27, 2016