Goods seized, two arrests in Hong Kong Customs raid

Items worth about $12,000 have been seized and two arrests made in a Hong Kong Customs raid of shops suspected to be selling counterfeit health drinks.

Officers seized 102 boxes of suspected counterfeit health drink and 54 items of skincare products, plus two men were arrested, a 50-year-old shop owner and a 29-year-old salesperson. They have been released on bail pending further investigation.

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Information from a trademark owner alleging the sale of suspected counterfeit health drinks sparked a prompt Customs investigation. Officers seized 102 boxes of suspected counterfeit health drinks with an estimated market value of about $7000 from two retail shops in North District. The officers also seized 54 suspected counterfeit skincare products with an estimated market value of about $5000 in one of the shops.

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Words and diagrams on the box of the counterfeit health drink were not clear when compared to the genuine goods. Also, the printing on the silvery coating covering the QR-code security label is different from that of the genuine one. Moreover, the opening cut on the sachet of counterfeit product is at the bottom right when viewed from the front whereas for the genuine product the opening cut is at the bottom left.

Under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, any person who sells or has for sale goods with a forged trademark commits an offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for five years.

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