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Hong Kong Customs seizes 4 million suspected illicit cigarettes (with photo)

10 May 2017


Hong Kong Customs yesterday (May 9) seized about 4 million suspected illicit cigarettes with an estimated market value of about $11 million and a duty potential of about $8 million at Man Kam To Control Point.

Customs officers intercepted two incoming trucks declared to contain stainless steel pots at Man Kam To Control Point yesterday. After inspection, Customs officers found about 4 million suspected illicit cigarettes in 242 carton boxes mix-loaded with other goods. Two male drivers, aged 47 and 55, were arrested and the two trucks are still being detained for further investigation. 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.

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

Hong Kong Customs yesterday (May 9) seized about 4 million suspected illicit cigarettes with an estimated market value of about $11 million and a duty potential of about $8 million at Man Kam To Control Point. Photo shows some of the suspected illicit cigarettes seized. (Opens a new window)
Hong Kong Customs yesterday (May 9) seized about 4 million suspected illicit cigarettes with an estimated market value of about $11 million and a duty potential of about $8 million at Man Kam To Control Point. Photo shows some of the suspected illicit cigarettes seized.

 

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