Counterfeit bags, wallets from China seized by Customs

Counterfeit bags, wallets from China seized by Customs
The fake goods are estimated to have a total value of $32,000. They were found during an inspection at the Tanjong Pagar Distripark.

About 700 counterfeit women's bags and wallets imported from China have been seized by Singapore Customs.

The items, estimated to have a total value of $32,000, were found during an inspection of goods at the Tanjong Pagar Distripark. They were confiscated by the authorities yesterday.

A Singapore Customs spokesman said the agency has notified the brand owners, who are considering whether to take action against the importer.

He added that the city-state "does not condone such illegal trading activities and will take firm action against importers of counterfeit goods".

An importer of counterfeit goods faces a fine of up to $10,000 for each item where the trademark is falsely applied, up to $100,000, and/or imprisonment of up to five years.

Those found guilty of counterfeiting a registered trademark can be fined up to $100,000 and/or put in jail for up to five years.

Anyone with information on illegal trading activities can report them to Singapore Customs via customs_ intelligence@customs.gov.sg.

All information received will be treated in strict confidence, said the agency.


This article was first published on May 7, 2015.
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