At the Shenzhen Bay Control Point, Hong Kong Customs made a major seizure of around 3,300 suspected counterfeit products worth an estimated HK$2.1 million. This operation occurred on September 9 and involved stopping an incoming truck and apprehending its 48-year-old male driver.
Using advanced risk assessment techniques, customs officers identified the truck as a potential carrier of illegal goods. Upon inspection, they found a large quantity of suspected counterfeit items, including footwear, clothing, and mobile phones, in the cargo compartment. Further examination of the seized goods revealed they were intended for overseas regions through the airfreight channel.
The arrested driver is being investigated and released on bail pending further inquiries. Hong Kong Customs is fully committed to thoroughly investigating this case and is working closely with law enforcement agencies in mainland China and overseas.
The trade of counterfeit goods poses a significant threat to intellectual property rights and the overall economy. Hong Kong Customs is determined to combat such illegal activities and will continue to enhance cooperation with relevant authorities to crack down on cross-border counterfeit goods operations.
Under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, individuals involved in importing or exporting goods with forged trademarks can be prosecuted for committing an offense. If convicted, offenders may face a maximum penalty of a fine of up to $500,000 and imprisonment for up to five years.