Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected smuggled smartphones worth about $1 million (with photo)

6 May 2023

Hong Kong Customs yesterday (May 5) detected a suspected smuggling case involving a cross-boundary goods vehicle at the Man Kam To Control Point and seized 95 suspected smuggled smartphones with an estimated market value of about $1 million.

Customs Officers yesterday intercepted an outbound goods vehicle declared to be empty at the Man Kam To Control Point. Upon inspection, the batch of suspected smuggled smartphones were found inside the tool cabinet and driving compartment of the goods vehicle. A 55-year-old male driver was arrested. He was charged with attempting to export unmanifested cargo and will appear at Fanling Magistrates' Courts on May 11.

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 (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).

Ends/Saturday, May 6, 2023

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