Hong Kong Customs seized about 26 160 kilograms of suspected Dalbergia species wood logs from two containers at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound on February 5. The estimated market value of the seizure was about $3.6 million.
Through risk assessment, Customs officers inspected two containers arriving in Hong Kong from Thailand. Upon inspection, Customs officers found the suspected Dalbergia species wood logs in the containers.
Investigation is ongoing.
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.
Under the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance, any person found guilty of importing or exporting an endangered species without a licence is liable to a maximum fine of $5 million and imprisonment for two years.
Members of the public may report any suspected smuggling activities to the Customs' 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.
Ends/Thursday, February 8, 2018