Customs seize fake brand clothes

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 October, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 October, 2008, 12:00am

Nine people were arrested yesterday when customs officers raided six garment shops in Kowloon City and seized counterfeit clothes worth HK$1.4 million.

Officers seized about 12,000 items of clothing in shops on Lion Rock Road. Investigations showed the counterfeits were imitations of brand names and were out-of-season goods for export, substandard goods or samples.

A spokesman for the Customs and Excise Department warned shop owners not to engage in counterfeiting activities.

It is a criminal offence to sell goods with forged trademarks or false trade descriptions. Under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, the maximum penalty is five years' jail and a fine of HK$500,000.

Reports of suspected counterfeiting activities can be made to the department's 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.

In another case, a man and his wife were arrested for allegedly trying to buy illicit petrol from a mainlander in To Kwa Wan. Police and customs officers raided the illegal mobile oil station in Hing Yin Street at 4.30pm. The petrol seized was worth HK$8,000.