30th November 2023 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong Customs made a significant seizure on 21st November, confiscating approximately 850 suspected counterfeit goods with an estimated market value of around $1.2 million at the Shenzhen Bay Control Point. The operation was carried out following a successful risk assessment conducted by Customs officers.
The interception took place when a lorry arrived at the Shenzhen Bay Control Point, and Customs officers discovered a sizable batch of suspected counterfeit goods, including mobile phones, footwear, and clothing, concealed within the cargo compartment of the vehicle. Subsequently, a 68-year-old male driver was apprehended in connection with the illicit goods.
Preliminary investigations indicate that the seized counterfeit goods were intended for transhipment to overseas destinations via the airfreight channel. Authorities are currently conducting further investigations to gather more information about the smuggling operation. The arrested individual has been released on bail pending the outcome of the investigation.
Hong Kong Customs remains committed to strengthening collaboration with law enforcement agencies both within Mainland China and abroad. Their aim is to combat the proliferation of cross-boundary counterfeit goods activities effectively. Stringent enforcement actions will continue to be taken to safeguard intellectual property rights and protect consumers from counterfeit products.
According to the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, the import or export of goods bearing forged trademarks is considered an offence. Those found guilty can face severe penalties, including a maximum fine of HK$500,000 (approximately $64,000) and imprisonment for up to five years.
Hong Kong Customs urges the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities related to the trade of counterfeit goods. Such collaboration between authorities and the public plays a crucial role in combating intellectual property infringement and maintaining a fair and legitimate market environment.