Customs officers of Marine Strike and Support Division of Marine Enforcement Group raided a river trade vessel in Hong Kong waters off Tap Shek Kok, Tuen Mun, on September 18. They seized from the vessel large quantity of unmanifested cargos, including undeveloped photographic papers, cosmetics, skin care products, dyed and finished cowhide. The total value was about $8.5 million.
The vessel, declared to be carrying grocery, was destined for the Mainland. The unmanifested goods were concealed at the far end of the container. As camouflage, the container entrance was filled up with grocery, such as flour, cream and frozen food products.
A 40-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman, who was the manager of a shipping company and a freight forwarder agent respectively, were arrested. Investigation continues.
Any person found guilty of importing or exporting unmanifested cargo under the Import and Export Ordinance is liable on conviction on indictment to a fine of $2 million and seven years' imprisonment.
Ends/Tuesday, September 20, 2005