Hong Kong – Hong Kong Customs combats sale of counterfeit wheel rims (with photo)

Hong Kong Customs combats sale of counterfeit wheel rims (with photo)

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     Hong Kong Customs yesterday (August 11) conducted an enforcement operation to combat the sale of counterfeit wheel rims and seized 42 suspected counterfeit wheel rims with an estimated market value of about $50,000 in a car parts shop.



     Customs earlier received information alleging that suspected counterfeit wheel rims were offered for sale on online platforms. Initial investigation found that a seller had set up a dedicated page on a social media platform to sell suspected counterfeit wheel rims.



     After an in-depth investigation with the assistance of trademark owners, Customs officers yesterday raided a car parts shop in San Tin and seized the batch of suspected counterfeit goods.



     During the operation, a 52-year-old male salesperson and a 34-year-old female salesperson were arrested.



     An investigation is ongoing. The likelihood of further arrests has not been excluded.



     Customs appeals to consumers to purchase goods at shops or online shops with a good reputation and to check with the trademark owners or their authorised agents if the authenticity of a product is in doubt.



     Customs reminds online sellers not to sell counterfeit goods and to be cautious and prudent in merchandising since selling counterfeit goods is a serious crime and offenders are liable to criminal sanctions.



     Under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, any person who sells or possesses for sale any goods with a forged trademark commits an offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for five years.



     Members of the public may report any suspected counterfeiting activities to Customs’ 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).

Hong Kong – Hong Kong Customs combats sale of counterfeit proprietary Chinese medicines (with photo)

Hong Kong Customs combats sale of counterfeit proprietary Chinese medicines (with photo)

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     ​Hong Kong Customs today (July 13) mounted an operation in North Point to combat the sale of counterfeit proprietary Chinese medicines and seized six boxes of a suspected counterfeit proprietary Chinese medicine with an estimated market value of about $6,000. One person was arrested.



     Customs earlier received information alleging a dispensary was suspected of selling counterfeit proprietary Chinese medicines. After an in-depth investigation with the assistance of the trademark owner, Customs officers today took enforcement action and raided a dispensary in North Point. The six boxes of the suspected counterfeit proprietary Chinese medicine were seized. 



     During the operation, a 42-year-old male director of the dispensary connected with the case was arrested.



     Investigation is ongoing. 



     Customs appeals to consumers to make purchases at shops with a good reputation and to check with the trademark owners or their authorised agents if the authenticity of a product is in doubt.



     Customs also reminds traders to be cautious and prudent in merchandising since selling counterfeit goods is a serious crime and offenders are liable to criminal sanctions.



     Under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, any person who sells or possesses for sale any goods with a forged trademark commits an offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for five years.



     Members of the public may report any suspected counterfeiting activities to Customs’ 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).

Hong Kong – CSD combats illicit collective activities at Tai Tam Gap Correctional Institution (with photos)

CSD combats illicit collective activities at Tai Tam Gap Correctional Institution (with photos)

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     The Correctional Services Department (CSD) today (August 19) launched an operation to combat illicit collective activities of detainees at Tai Tam Gap Correctional Institution.

     The management of the institution received intelligence recently that individual detainees are dissatisfied with the custodial arrangement at the institution along with the stringent requirements to obey the institutional order and routine, and have contemplated taking mass indiscipline actions. The management then closely monitored activities of the target detainees. 

     At 7.25am today, in accordance with the daily routine, correctional officers arranged 17 detainees to leave their dormitories and proceed to a dayroom. However, two detainees (targeted detainees) refused to obey the order of the officers to line up, and the officers immediately intervened to ascertain the reason. During the encounter, the aforesaid two detainees continuously provoked officers and shouted in an attempt to incite the emotions of other detainees.

     Reinforcement staff arrived at the scene to control the situation and separated the two detainees concerned, pending disciplinary actions. Thereafter, 10 detainees staged a hunger strike during breakfast, demanding that management withdraw all disciplinary actions. Intelligence revealed that other detainees might likely become involved.

     Following an assessment, the CSD immediately deployed members of the Regional Response Team, the Dog Unit, and other reinforcement teams for back-up of the management of Tai Tam Gap Correctional Institution. As at 2pm, a total of 12 detainees were being investigated under separate confinement.

     The CSD is committed to ensuring a safe and secure custodial environment, and will spare no efforts and take every measure to combat any form of illegal activities to ensure the stability of the institution.

     Tai Tam Gap Correctional Institution is a minimum security detention centre for the detention of male adult detainees under the Immigration Ordinance.

Hong Kong – Hong Kong Customs combats unfair trade practices by renovation company

Hong Kong Customs combats unfair trade practices by renovation company

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     Hong Kong Customs today (August 16) arrested a female owner cum salesperson of a renovation company for suspected unfair trade practices of making a misleading omission and applying false trade descriptions, in contravention of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance (TDO).

     Customs earlier received information alleging that a renovation company owner cum salesperson promised her customer to lay floor tiles for the whole flat, but omitted that a specified area would not be included. She was also alleged to have applied false claims to a customer that furniture of required dimensions would be tailor-made. However, significant gaps from those specified in the contract were found upon the completion of the renovation service. 

     After investigation, Customs officers today arrested a 38-year-old woman. An investigation is ongoing.

     Customs reminds traders to comply with the requirements of the TDO and consumers to procure services at reputable shops.

     Under the TDO, any trader who engages in a commercial practice that omits or hides material information or provides material information in a manner that is unclear, unintelligible, ambiguous or untimely, and as a result causes, or is likely to cause, an average consumer to make a transactional decision; or applies a false trade description to a service supplied to a consumer commits an offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for five years.

     Members of the public may report any suspected violation of the TDO to Customs’ 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).

Hong Kong – Hong Kong Customs combats unfair trade practices at renovation company

Hong Kong Customs combats unfair trade practices at renovation company

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     Hong Kong Customs today (August 5) arrested a male director cum salesperson of a renovation company suspected of having applied false trade descriptions to the renovation service he supplied, in contravention of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance (TDO).

     Customs earlier received information alleging that a renovation company director cum salesperson had made false claims to a customer that the furniture would be tailor-made with materials of a brand designated by the customer. However, upon completion of the renovation service, it was found that the furniture was not made from the designated materials. 

     After investigation, Customs officers today arrested a 47-year-old man.

     An investigation is ongoing and the arrested man has been released on bail pending further investigation.

     Customs reminds traders to comply with the requirements of the TDO and consumers to procure services at reputable shops.

     Under the TDO, any trader who applies a false trade description to a service supplied to a consumer commits an offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment for five years.

     Members of the public may report any suspected violation of the TDO to Customs’ 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).