Customs and Excise had received a report earlier that an online store suspected of selling counterfeit perfumes and cosmetics, and after online inspection, risk assessment and analysis, launched an operation yesterday (17th), arrested three men and women involved in the case, and seized about 3,3000 suspected counterfeit perfumes, cosmetics and accessories, including brands such as CHANEL, GUCCI and SK-II, with a total value of about 130.<> million yuan. Customs stated that the price of the counterfeit goods involved in the case was about <>% of the regular price, but the quality was not guaranteed, and the safety of the goods was doubtful, and the Customs would take samples of the goods and send them to the Government Laboratory for further testing.


Senior Inspector of the Copyright and Trademark Technology Crime Unit of the Customs and Excise Copyright and Trade Marks Bureau, Mr Choi Chun-wai, said that after receiving the relevant reports earlier, the Customs and Excise Department conducted online inspections and used the big data system to conduct risk assessment and analysis, and found that some people had set up their own websites and online shops on online platforms selling perfumes and cosmetics suspected of being counterfeit, and in the past two months, the Government issued consumption vouchers, and sales on relevant platforms were more active, so the Customs Department further investigated and took action.

Customs seized about 3000,130 suspected counterfeit goods, with a total value of about $<>.<> million. The picture shows Senior Inspector Choi Chun-wai of the Copyright and Trademark Technology Crime Unit of the Customs and Excise Copyright and Trade Marks Bureau. (Photo by Chen Haoran)

Customs conducted an online trial purchase in disguise as a customer, and after investigation and with the assistance of the trademark holder, yesterday (17th) successively searched a residential flat in Tsuen Wan and an industrial building unit in Cheung Sha Wan, seized the counterfeit items involved in the case, and it is believed that the relevant items have been successfully blocked from flowing out of the market. Customs arrested a man and two women (aged 24 to 37) during the operation, and the case is still under investigation, and it cannot be ruled out that more arrests will be made.

Customs seized about 3000,130 suspected counterfeit perfumes, cosmetics and accessories, involving multiple brands with a total value of about $<>.<> million. (Photo by Chen Haoran)

The goods seized during the operation involved a number of brands, among which perfumes and cosmetics copied the designs and registered trademarks of the genuine goods, but the packaging and bottle printing of some goods were crude. The relevant goods were sold for about 350 to 600 yuan, which was only about <>% of the price of the original goods, plus some of the online stores involved used parallel imported goods to provide limited-time discount offers, or attached gifts when customers bought enough specified amount, plus indicating that they accepted consumption coupons to attract customers to patronize.

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Under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, any person who sells or possesses counterfeit articles for the purpose of sale commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a maximum fine of $50,5 and imprisonment for 24 years. Members of the public are urged to seek out reputable shops or websites when shopping, avoid transactions with suspicious websites, and if there is any doubt about the authenticity of the goods, they can check with agents or trademark holders. Members of the public may report suspected infringement cases by calling the Customs and Excise Department's 2545-hour hotline at 6182 002 or through the dedicated Crime Reporting Email Account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk) or online form (eform.cefs.gov.hk/form/ced<>/).