HONG KONG: Hong Kong Customs yesterday (September 11) conducted an anti-counterfeiting operation in Causeway Bay and seized a total of 647 items of suspected counterfeit accessories with an estimated market value of about $550,000. Customs earlier received information alleging the sale of suspected counterfeit accessories in Causeway Bay. After investigation, Customs officers yesterday seized in a retail shop in the district 647 items of suspected counterfeit accessories, including earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets. A 33-year-old female salesperson was arrested.
Customs reminds consumers to procure items at reputable shops and to check with trademark owners or their authorised agents if the authenticity of a product is in doubt. Under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, any person who sells or possesses for sale any goods with a forged trademark commits an offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for five years.