Customs seize over HK$40m counterfeit goods ahead of LNY

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Hong Kong Customs said on Friday that they have seized about 90,000 suspected counterfeit items, including leather handbags, sneakers, clothing, and accessories, with an estimated market value of over HK$40 million, arresting four people during the operation.

A Customs spokesman said they have seized a few hundred counterfeit items at two logistics companies in Kwai Chung and Yuen Long last Tuesday.

Further investigation has led officers to two storages of the counterfeit items in Kwun Tong and Tin Shui Wai, where they arrested the three women and one man, aged between 25 to 48.

The four were arrested for their suspected violations of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance. They were currently released on bail awaiting further investigation.

Customs said their investigation has revealed that the counterfeiting syndicate has set up accounts on social media platforms and solicited business in the name of a shopping agent.

“Upon receiving orders, the counterfeiting syndicate would purchase the counterfeit items and send them to local logistic companies. The suspected counterfeit goods would then be packaged in a storage center and delivered to buyers via courier,” according to Customs.