On October 11, Hong Kong Customs seized over 3,000 Argentina and Mexico national team soccer jerseys. They were found on the premises of two logistics companies in Yuen Long town, Hong Kong. It was among over $3.8 million in counterfeit brand-name products.
Customs officers from the intellectual property investigation bureau are still investigating the source of the fake goods. There have been no arrests in connection with the counterfeit jerseys.
Argentina and Mexico will play in Group C for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, which runs from November 20 to December 18. On November 26, the two teams will meet in the second round of group matches at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail, Qatar.
According to South China Morning Post (SCMP), between September 28 and October 11, Hong Kong Customs seized about 63,000 counterfeit products. Watches, handbags, sports shoes, clothing, sunglasses, and cell phone accessories were among the items. Hong Kong Customs detained five people.
Around October 2, one of the seized parcels was for local delivery to a store in Causeway Bay. Hong Kong Customs took about 170 counterfeit products worth roughly $45,900. Hong Kong Customs arrested three people in the case.
On September 29, Hong Kong Customs held two female suspects on another delivery to a North Point retail shop. They seized 31 pairs of sports shoes with forged trademarks. The haul was worth about $1,300.
According to the Customs and Excise Department, they released the five suspects on bail pending further investigation.
Hong Kong Customs seized most of the items in logistics companies’ warehouses in Lau Fau Shan district, Yuen Long Town, Tsing Yi island, and Kwai Chung.
Knock-off watches accounted for more than a third of the total. The counterfeit timepieces took well-known brand names like Patek Philippe and Rolex and were estimated to be worth over $1.4 million.
SCMP reported that an investigation revealed Europe and North America were destinations for high-quality products.
South China Morning Post cited Sky Fung Wai-ching, the bureau’s assistant superintendent. It was the largest seizure of counterfeit products found inland in a single operation in two decades.
He said the counterfeit goods were smuggled into the city by air, land, and sea from neighboring areas and Asian countries. And most of them were for re-export.
In Hong Kong, some imported cargo is conveyed to logistics company premises, stored temporarily and delivered locally, or arrangements are made for re-export.