Hong Kong Customs seizes $1 million worth of counterfeit products at River Trade Terminal

Hong Kong Customs seizes $1 million worth of counterfeit products at River Trade Terminal

​Hong Kong Customs has seized $1 million worth of counterfeit goods at the Tuen Mun River Trade Terminal Customs Cargo Examination Compound.

Approximately 900 counterfeit items, 1,300 suspected smuggled nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes, and 6,100 electronic cigarette accessories were seized.

Through risk assessment, Hong Kong Customs on 27 June inspected a 40-foot container arriving in Hong Kong from Nansha, Guangdong, destined for Italy.

Customs authorities confiscated the suspected counterfeit products, which included footwear, apparel, purses, and sunglasses, as well as the alleged smuggled nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes and accessories.

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An investigation is now underway. Customs will continue to increase cooperation with Mainland and international law enforcement authorities, as well as conduct strict enforcement action against cross-border counterfeit goods and alternative smoking product smuggling.

Under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, anybody who imports or exports products bearing a falsified trade mark commits an offence.

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According to Hong Kong Customs, the maximum punishment is a $2 million fine and seven years in jail if convicted.

Anyone who imports an alternative smoking product, including electronic cigarettes, heated tobacco products, herbal cigarettes, and any associated equipment, components, and accessories, violates the Import and Export Ordinance.

This month, Hutchison Ports’ Hongkong International Terminals (HIT) invested HK$78 million ($9.9 million) in two new solar panel quay cranes, which are reportedly the first to arrive in Hong Kong.

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