Hong Kong Customs and the Marine Police yesterday (March 2) seized a batch of suspected smuggled electronic goods, including 2 109 mobile phones, 120 tablets, 168 cameras, 176 pieces of camera accessories, and about 151 kilograms of suspected red sandalwood with a total estimated market value of about $5.1 million at Sham Wat Pier, Lantau Island.
Customs officers and the Marine Police conducted an anti-smuggling operation on Lantau Island yesterday evening and took enforcement action after having found some persons moving a large amount of goods from a 7-seater private car onto a speedboat at Sham Wat Pier. The persons fled at once with the speedboat, leaving behind the batch of suspected smuggled electronic goods, the suspected red sandalwood, and the 7-seater private car.
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.
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/Saturday, March 3, 2018