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Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected smuggled electronic products and suspected pangolin scales (with photo)

14 December 2017


Hong Kong Customs seized a batch of suspected smuggled goods including 816 cameras and accessories, 3 373 used smartphones, 469 used tablet computers, 11 520 integrated circuits, 203 electronic parts and 313 kilograms of suspected pangolin scales with an estimated market value of about $10 million in Tai Po on December 12.

Customs officers conducted an anti-smuggling operation at the seashore at Island House Lane, Tai Po in the evening on December 12 and found several men moving carton boxes from a private vehicle at the seashore onto a speedboat. Customs officers took action and the men fled with the speedboat. A large quantity of suspected smuggled electronic products and suspected pangolin scales were found in the private vehicle and another private vehicle parked nearby.

Customs officers later intercepted two speedboats in the vicinity, which were suspected to be related to the case, and seized a large quantity of suspected smuggled electronic products inside an altered compartment of one of the speedboats.

In the operation, a 35-year-old man was arrested. Two vehicles and two speedboats were detained for further investigation. Investigation is ongoing.

Under the Import and Export Ordinance, any person found guilty of importing or exporting unmanifested cargo, or making use of an altered structure of any vessel for the purpose of smuggling, is liable to a maximum fine of $2 million and imprisonment for seven years.

Under the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance, any person found guilty of importing or exporting an endangered species without a licence is liable to a maximum fine of $5 million and imprisonment for two years.

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

Hong Kong Customs seized a batch of suspected smuggled goods including 816 cameras and accessories, 3 373 used smartphones, 469 used tablet computers, 11 520 integrated circuits, 203 electronic parts and 313 kilograms of suspected pangolin scales with an estimated market value of about $10 million in Tai Po on December 12. (Opens a new window)
Hong Kong Customs seized a batch of suspected smuggled goods including 816 cameras and accessories, 3 373 used smartphones, 469 used tablet computers, 11 520 integrated circuits, 203 electronic parts and 313 kilograms of suspected pangolin scales with an estimated market value of about $10 million in Tai Po on December 12.

 

Ends/Thursday, December 14, 2017

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