Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected illicit cigarettes (with photo)

19 Jul 2019

Hong Kong Customs seized about 1.2 million suspected illicit cigarettes with an estimated market value of about $3.2 million and a duty potential of about $2.7 million at Man Kam To Control Point yesterday (July 18).

Customs officers intercepted an incoming truck declared as carrying assorted goods at Man Kam To Control Point yesterday morning. After inspection, Customs officers found the batch of suspected illicit cigarettes in 120 carton boxes mix-loaded with other goods on board the truck.

The 53-year-old male driver was arrested and the truck was detained. 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 Customs' 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).

Ends/Friday, July 19, 2019

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