HK Customs seizes counterfeit clothes and accessories via postal channel (with photo)

     After a series of investigations, Hong Kong Customs on April 18 seized a batch of counterfeit clothes and accessories, worth about $20,000, that had used the postal service as the delivery channel.

     Based on intelligence collected and information from a postal parcel containing counterfeit goods previously intercepted at Hong Kong Air Mail Centre, officers of Intellectual Property and Investigation Bureau targeted a 39-year-old man for follow-up investigation. Customs Officers took enforcement action on April 18 and arrested the man who was released on bail pending further investigation.

     A Customs spokesperson noted today (April 22) that the counterfeit goods were believed to have been supplied to overseas buyers by post.

     Under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, it is a criminal offence to import, export and be in possession of goods with forged trademarks. The maximum penalty is a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for five years.

     Anyone who comes across any suspected infringing activities can report to Customs by calling the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.

Ends/Monday, April 22, 2013
Issued at HKT 18:02