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Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected illicit cigarettes (with photo)

21 April 2017


Hong Kong Customs yesterday (April 20) seized about one million suspected illicit cigarettes with an estimated market value of about $2.7 million and a duty potential of about $1.9 million in Kwai Chung.

During an anti-illicit cigarette operation yesterday, Customs officers inspected a cargo consignment at a logistics site in Kwai Chung and seized about one million suspected illicit cigarettes. A 50-year-old man was arrested. Investigation is ongoing.

Smuggling is a serious offence. Under the Import and Export Ordinance, any person found guilty of importing or exporting unmanifested cargo is liable to a maximum fine of $2 million and imprisonment for seven years.

Under the Dutiable Commodities Ordinance, anyone involved in dealing with, possession of, selling or buying illicit cigarettes commits an offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $1 million and imprisonment for two years.

Members of the public may report any suspected illicit cigarette activities to the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.

Hong Kong Customs yesterday (April 20) seized about one million suspected illicit cigarettes with an estimated market value of about $2.7 million and a duty potential of about $1.9 million in Kwai Chung. Photo shows some of the suspected illicit cigarettes seized. (Opens a new window)
Hong Kong Customs yesterday (April 20) seized about one million suspected illicit cigarettes with an estimated market value of about $2.7 million and a duty potential of about $1.9 million in Kwai Chung. Photo shows some of the suspected illicit cigarettes seized.

 

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