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Tonga Customs seize fake exercise books

Tonga Customs officers have seized a container of counterfeit school textbooks at the wharf in Nuku’alofa.

Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Commerce, Consumer, Innovation, Trade, and Labour , Edgar Cocker, said the container contained materials designed to look like Warwick
Croxley Red exercise books.

Cocker told Kaniva News the book was an example of professional intention to counterfeit a New Zealand idea and concept.

The fake textbooks were made in China.

“This is against the Consumer Act and therefore we have the right to hold the materials and confiscate,” Cocker said.

His department was working closely with the Customs Department on the matter.

“Tonga is now a victim of counterfeit and professional duplication,” Cocker said.

“The Ministry is now focused on stopping this illegal work by Asian and other developing countries.”

The container was imported by a Chinese businessman. LoopTonga
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