Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected illicit cigarettes (with photo)

29 Apr 2017

Hong Kong Customs yesterday (April 28) seized about 1.5 million suspected illicit cigarettes with an estimated market value of about $4.1 million and a duty potential of about $2.9 million at Lok Ma Chau Control Point.

Customs officers intercepted an incoming truck declared to contain ceramic cups at Lok Ma Chau Control Point yesterday. After inspection, Customs officers found about 1.5 million suspected illicit cigarettes in 186 carton boxes mix-loaded with other goods. The 56-year-old male driver was arrested and the truck was detained for further investigation. 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 illicit cigarette activities to the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.

Ends/Saturday, April 29, 2017

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