Hong Kong Customs detected two suspected smuggling cases at Lok Ma Chau Control Point yesterday (November 26) and seized 1,543 used smartphones worth about $3.1 million.
Customs officers yesterday intercepted two outgoing container trucks declared as empty for inspection. Upon examination, false compartments at the axles of the trailers were found to contain used smartphones of different brands.
Two male drivers aged 42 and 43 were arrested and formally charged for attempting to export unmanifested cargo. The tractors and trailers involved were detained pending further examination.
Under the Import and Export Ordinance, the maximum penalty for attempting to export unmanifested cargo is a fine of $2 million and imprisonment for seven years.
Members of the public may report any suspected smuggling activities to the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.
Ends/Friday, November 27, 2015