Customs seizes $7 million worth of fake goods bound for the US
Hong Kong Customs have seized 55,000 items of fake goods destined for the US during a three-month campaign to combat cross-border counterfeiting.
The haul, some of which is shown in the accompanying photograph, included trainer, apparel, mobile phones and accessories, handbags and Beats-branded headphones.
Customs officers estimated the value of the haul to be about HK$7 million.
“Hong Kong Customs has been working closely with the US Customs and Border Protection using intelligence exchanges, and took targeted enforcement action between January and April including stepped up inspection of suspicious express courier parcels destined for the US,” said a Customs spokesperson.
“Hong Kong Customs will continue working closely with overseas law enforcement agencies to combat cross-boundary counterfeiting activities through intelligence exchanges and joint enforcement actions.”
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.