CUSTOMS officers in Hong Kong have netted 5,000 fake designer handbags and 1,000 counterfeit wallets, with an estimated market value of HK$850,000 (US$110,000), from a shipping container that arrived from China on its way to Chile.
The Customs and Excise Department found the fake designer merchandise during an inspection of the container sent from Huangpu, Guangdong province at the Customs Cargo Examination Compound in Tuen Mun, reported SCMP.
In Hong Kong importing or exporting any goods with a forged trademark carries a maximum penalty of a five-year prison sentence and a HK$500,000 fine.
In a separate incident, customs officers arrested four men aged between 31 and 59 in connection with the seizure of 32,000 pirated DVDs and pornographic DVDs with an estimated street value of HK$900,000 from four shops during an anti-piracy operation in Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok.
"Customs has been carrying out stringent enforcement actions against the sales of infringing goods and will continue to step up patrols and enforcement actions against piracy activities during the Lunar New Year holidays," an official said.