Hong Kong Customs yesterday (January 14) seized about 49 kilograms of suspected smuggled bird nest at Shenzhen Bay Control Point with an estimated market value of about $1.85 million.
Customs officers intercepted an outgoing coach at Shenzhen Bay Control Point for inspection yesterday and seized the batch of bird nest inside the air duct in the cabin.
The 52-year-old male driver was arrested. 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 smuggling activities to Customs' 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ends/Tuesday, January 15, 2019