Customs seize pirated disks and fake goods

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 June, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 June, 2006, 12:00am

Updated at 5.32pm:
Hong Kong customs officials said on Monday they had seized a large batch of pirated disks and counterfeit goods intended for export by cargo express.

Helped by a cargo express company, officers on Saturday seized 28,793 pirated disks and 4,952 pieces of counterfeit goods, worth about $1.13 million.

A customs spokesman said this was the largest case of exporting pirated disks and counterfeit goods by cargo express ever discovered.

Officers of the Airport Command first acted on intelligence and seized part of the goods, worth about $300,000, the spokesman said.

In follow-up operations, they intercepted a 17-year-old man at a logistics company in Kwun Tong. He was handing over a batch of parcels for cargo express delivery to a custom officer posing as an express worker.

The parcels contained 20,116 pirated disks and 3,712 pieces of counterfeit goods.

The 17-year-old, a summer worker hired by the company, was subsequently arrested.

The goods were suspected to have been imported from Shenzhen in the mainland and intended for overseas countries, including the United States, Britain and Belgium.

Initial investigations showed the company had been engaged in logistics for about half a year.