Hong Kong customs authorities are stepping up a crackdown on counterfeit goods amid surging growth in e-commerce, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Monday.
They have tapped the top five freight forwarders — DHL, Fedex, UPS, TNT Express and SF Express — to join the effort.
The move is aimed at preventing Hong Kong from becoming an entrepot of fake merchandise which can easily cross borders because of the internet, the report said, citing customs assistant commissioner Albert Ho.
Last year, the Customs and Excise Department recorded 196 cases of counterfeit goods being moved by freight forwarders, up 136 percent.
The goods were worth about HK$6.4 million (US$825,300), mostly apparel, iPhones and other products traded online.
Most of the items were imported from mainland China and were being re-exported to the United States, Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia, the report said.
Ho said his department will work with the freight companies to strengthen data sharing, monitoring and tracking of suspected fake merchandise.
Translation by Vey Wong
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