The Chief Executive, Mr C Y Leung, today (July 18) visited Kwai Chung Customhouse of the Customs and Excise Department to learn more about the department's work in combating drug trafficking and smuggling activities.
Accompanied by the Commissioner of Customs and Excise, Mr Clement Cheung, the Chief Executive saw for himself the process of cargo examination and the use of the mobile x-ray vehicle scanning system to detect contraband.
Mr Leung was briefed on the recent cases detected by Customs, including a record seizure of $760 million worth of cocaine in early July and the discovery of a batch of smuggled rhino horns and ivory products last November.
Commending the department's efforts in combating drug trafficking and smuggling, the Chief Executive said, "I am proud that the department is always prepared to face challenges and difficulties. With the Customs officers' strenuous efforts, the department has been able to shatter different kinds of illicit activities effectively. These enforcement achievements are vivid proof of their professionalism, dedication and determination."
During the visit, the Chief Executive also learnt about the close co-operation between Hong Kong Customs and its overseas counterparts in combating drug and smuggling activities and met front-line Customs officers to gain a better understanding of the challenges they face.
Mr Leung encouraged officers to continue to strive for excellence in their work and maintain the high standard of performance in customs clearance, law enforcement and trade facilitation.
Ends/Wednesday, July 18 2012