Customs exhibition to celebrate centenary (with photo)

13 Sep 2009

People are invited to visit the Customs and Excise Department (C&ED) Centennial Exhibition to be held at the Exhibition Hall of Hong Kong City Hall, 1/F, Low Block, Central from Tuesday to Thursday (September 15-17).

The exhibition is one of the activities being organised by the Hong Kong Customs to celebrate its 100th anniversary this year.

Tracing the history back to the founding of the Preventive Service under the then Imports and Exports Department in 1909, the exhibition vividly depicts the evolution of the Hong Kong Customs from a small team of 25 officers to its 5,500 well-trained professional, dedicated customs and trade control officers nowadays.

Apart from enhancing public understanding of Hong Kong Customs' service, the exhibition will also show the developments of and achievements made by Customs over the past century.

The exhibition will feature a "time tunnel" and various booths illustrated with historical photos and exhibits. By strolling along the "tunnel", visitors will see the significant stages of development and milestones of Hong Kong Customs over the past 100 years.

To help visitors get a feel of meeting Customs Officers of old days, eight officers in uniforms of different stages of Customs will be on-hand to lead the visitors through the history of the department - how it has evolved from a humble "tax collector" to one of the most efficient and highly regarded customs services in the world.

The exhibition will also showcase the department's six major service areas - revenue protection and collection, anti-narcotics investigation, control and enforcement, intellectual property rights protection, consumer protection and trade controls. Another exhibition section will feature the major cases detected by Customs in recent years.

Admission is free. Opening hours of the exhibition are as follows:

September 15 and 16 10am - 8pm
September 17 10am - noon

For more information on the exhibition, please visit the Customs homepage or call 2257 8023-4 during office hours.

Ends/Sunday, September 13, 2009

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