Hong Kong Customs on November 4 mounted an anti-smuggling operation and detected a suspected smuggling case involving a cross-boundary goods vehicle at the Lok Ma Chau Control Point. A batch of suspected smuggled goods with an estimated market value of about $20 million was seized.
During the operation, Customs Officers intercepted an outbound goods vehicle declared as carrying printed circuit boards and antennae. About 85 000 suspected smuggled goods, including computer RAMs, computer hard disks, computer central processing units and watch movements, were seized. A 53-year-old male driver suspected to be connected with the case is assisting the investigation.
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.
Customs will continue to combat cross-boundary smuggling activities with firm enforcement action based on risk assessment and intelligence analysis.
Members of the public may report any suspected smuggling activities to Customs' 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime reporting email account (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ends/Sunday, November 6, 2022