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1997

Following the reunification with the motherland, Hong Kong became a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China. Under the Basic Law, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region remains a separate customs territory and the Commissioner became one of the principal officials of the HKSAR Government.

1998

The Prevention of Copyright Piracy Ordinance took effect, authorizing the Department to impose licensing requirements upon manufacturing of optical disc.

1999

The Special Task Force was set up to take enforcement actions against illicit oil, dutiable cigarettes and copyright piracy activities at retail level.

2000

The Anti-Internet Piracy Team was set up to cooperate with the industry in fighting piracy on the Internet.

The Department was elected Vice-Chair of the World Customs Organization in the Asia-Pacific Region, leading members in the Region to formulate the Regional Strategic Plan as the strategic blueprint for the customs in the region.

The Computer Forensic Laboratory was set up to provide other formations in the Department with professional service in computer forensic examination.

2002

Implementation the Electronic Data Interchange System for Dutiable Commodities Permit allows licensees of dutiable commodities to apply for dutiable commodities permits through electronic means.

2003

The installation of two Fixed X-ray Vehicle Inspection Systems at Lok Ma Chau Control Point, substantially speed up the clearance of cross-boundary vehicle and cargo.

The implementation of the Open Bond System, sparing Customs deployment of staff to bonded warehouses, reduce the warehousing industry's operating costs and facilitating trade.

The installation of Automatic Vehicle Recognition System was installed at four land boundary control points to capture vehicle registration numbers automatically, greatly reduce the vehicle clearance time.

2005

The "Red and Green Channel System" was launched at all control points to enhance passenger clearance efficiency.

2006

The Department, together with the Intellectual Property Department and the copyright industry, launched the "Youth Ambassador Against Internet Piracy Scheme" to combat illegal file-sharing of copyright works on the Internet.

2007

The Department and the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China jointly organized the Pan-Pearl River Delta Customs Trade Facilitation Forum cum Regional Customs Commissioners' Joint Conference in HKSAR to strengthen inter-customs and customs-business partnership in the region.

2009

The Department celebrated its centenary.

Moving Towards a New Era (1997 - 2009)