Customs seizes large number of tablet computers and high-value electronic goods (with photo)

7 Jan 2011

The Hong Kong Customs, in an anti-smuggling operation conducted at the waterfront of Sha Tau Kok, New Territories, this morning (January 7), successfully neutralised a speedboat smuggling case and seized a large number of high-value electronic goods, two light goods vehicles and a seven-seat private car, worth about $5.3 million in total.

In the morning, customs officers of the Special Task Force mounted observation and laid ambush in the vicinity of the waterfront of Sha Tau Kok Chuen. A gang of suspicious men was seen unloading goods from two vehicles onto an awaiting speedboat moored nearby with a wooden slide. Customs officers immediately took action but the suspects jumped onto the speedboat and escaped.

The officers subsequently seized 145 boxes containing 210 tablet computers, 3 511 hard disks, 12 700 USB and 114 digital cameras totally worth about $5.3 million on the two light goods vehicles and the seven-seat private car as well as on the adjacent seashore.

The investigation is continuing.

Under the Import and Export Ordinance, smuggling is a serious offence. The maximum penalty is a fine of $2 million and an imprisonment for seven years.

To report any suspected smuggling activities, please call the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.

Ends/Friday, January 7, 2011

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