Hong Kong Customs yesterday (March 21) intercepted an export consignment at the Hong Kong International Airport Super Terminal 1 and seized a total of 160 kilograms of illicit tobacco valued at about $0.6 million with a duty potential of around $0.33 million. The consignment, declared as "Stainless Steel Accessories", was destined for the United Kingdom.
The illicit tobacco, packed in tea tinfoil bags, was concealed inside 10 stainless steel litter bins.
Customs' investigation is continuing.
Under the Dutiable Commodities Ordinance, anyone involved in or dealing with possession, selling and buying illicit cigarettes or tobacco commits an offence. The maximum penalty on conviction is imprisonment for two years and a fine of $1 million.
Ends/Friday, March 22 2013