Joint Hong Kong-Macau-mainland customs operation launched to stamp out fakes
Hong Kong Customs has conducted a two-week joint operation with the mainland and Macao Customs to combat cross-boundary counterfeit goods activities.
The operation ran from October 14 to 27, focusing on goods destined for overseas countries. Hong Kong Customs seized about 37,000 items of suspected counterfeit goods with an estimated market value of about HK$4.9 million.
The suspected counterfeit goods seized by Hong Kong Customs included footwear, clothes, leather products, glasses, mobile phones and accessories.
The three customs authorities stepped up inspections of goods across the three areas to more effectively curb cross-boundary counterfeit goods activities.
Hong Kong Customs says it has been working closely with partnering agencies through intelligence exchanges and joint enforcement actions.
Under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, any person who imports or exports any goods with any forged trademark commits an offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for five years.