Hong Kong Customs has seized more than 3,200 bottles of suspected counterfeit shampoo with an estimated market value of about HK$138,000.
The seizures stemmed from an operation carried out between March 17 and 21 that came from a tip-off that the fakes were being sold in the marketplace. The bottles of suspected counterfeit shampoo were seized from three pharmacies located in Yuen Long and Tuen Mun as well as two storages located in Yuen Long and To Kwa Wan.
Seven men and one woman, including five shop owners and three salespersons aged between 21 and 46, were arrested. Investigation is ongoing and the arrested persons have been released on bail pending further investigation, said HK Customs.
Under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, any person who sells or possesses for sale any goods with forged trademarks commits an offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of HK$500,000 and imprisonment for five years.
Customs appeals to consumers to procure products at reputable shops and to check with the trademark owners or their authorised agencies if authenticity of the product is in doubt. Traders should be cautious and prudent in merchandising since the sale of counterfeit goods is a serious crime and liable to criminal sanctions.