Hong Kong Customs on March 27 detected a suspected smuggling case involving an outgoing container truck at the Man Kam To Control Point and seized about 510 000 suspected smuggled electronic products and electronic parts with a total estimated market value of about $30 million.
Customs Officers on that day intercepted an outgoing container truck at the control point. Upon inspection, the batch of suspected smuggled electronic products and electronic parts were found concealed behind a batch of properly declared goods inside the container.
About 2 000 electronic products with an estimated market value of about $2 million, including mobile phones, notebook computers and dash cams, were seized by Customs officers. The number of electronic parts was about 508 000, which included central processing units, computer RAM units and computer hard disks, and the estimated market value was about $28 million.
After investigation, Customs arrested a 61-year-old male container truck driver suspected to be connected with the case. He has been released on bail pending further investigation.
Customs will continue to combat cross-boundary smuggling activities with firm enforcement action based on risk assessment and intelligence analysis.
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.
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/Wednesday, March 29, 2023