Customs smashes smuggling of smartphones and tablet computers at Lok Ma Chau Control Point (with photos)

23 Oct 2012

Hong Kong Customs yesterday (October 22) seized a batch of smartphones, tablet computers, smartphone motherboards, LCD displays and computer RAMs with a total value of about $4 million at Lok Ma Chau Control Point.

During an anti-smuggling operation, at about 5pm yesterday, Customs Officers of the Special Task Force and Lok Ma Chau Division intercepted a cross-boundary tractor with a 40-feet-long container which was declared as carrying 10 075 kg of "signal transmitting cables".

Upon X-ray examination and detailed cargo inspection, Customs Officers found 13 cartons containing 227 smartphones, 22 tablet computers, 308 used mobile phone, 7 859 computer RAMs, 900 smartphone motherboards and 1 514 LCD displays, worth around $4 million inside the container. The male driver, aged 56, was arrested. The investigation is continuing.

Smuggling is a serious offence under the Import and Export Ordinance. Any person found guilty of attempting to export unmanifested cargoes is liable to a maximum fine of $2 million and imprisonment for seven years.

The Customs will take continuous action against smuggling activities. Members of the public are urged to report any suspected smuggling activities to the Customs through Customs' 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.

Ends/Tuesday, October 23 2012

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