Hong Kong Customs responds to media enquiries on strategic commodities issue

24 Jan 2017

In response to media enquiries, the Commissioner of Customs and Excise, Mr Roy Tang, said today (January 24) that as an active and responsible trading partner in the global economy the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is committed to complying with international standards of strategic trade control, and Hong Kong implements a robust control system to achieve it.

"Import, export and transshipment/transit of strategic commodities in breach of licensing requirement are criminal offences punishable under the Hong Kong law. The action by the Hong Kong Customs on November 23, 2016 was taken because there was a suspected breach of the Hong Kong law," he said.

Mr Tang added that Hong Kong Customs has completed its investigation of the suspected breach. The investigation might lead to criminal prosecution.

"The military vehicles and the associated equipment will be returned to Singapore through the carrier," he said.

Ends/Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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