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Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected illicit cigarettes worth about $32 million (with photo)

2 November 2021


Hong Kong Customs yesterday (November 1) seized about 11.6 million suspected illicit cigarettes with an estimated market value of about $32 million and a duty potential of about $22 million at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound.

Through risk assessment, Customs officers selected for inspection a 40-foot transshipment container, declared as carrying laminated plastic pouches, arriving from Vietnam and heading for the Philippines via Hong Kong. Upon inspection, Customs officers found the batch of suspected illicit cigarettes inside the container.

Investigation is ongoing.

Customs will continue its intelligence analysis and risk assessment for interception at source to combat illicit cigarette activities.

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 illicit cigarette activities to Customs' 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).

Hong Kong Customs yesterday (November 1) seized about 11.6 million suspected illicit cigarettes with an estimated market value of about $32 million and a duty potential of about $22 million at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound. Photo shows some of the suspected illicit cigarettes seized. (Opens a new window)
Hong Kong Customs yesterday (November 1) seized about 11.6 million suspected illicit cigarettes with an estimated market value of about $32 million and a duty potential of about $22 million at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound. Photo shows some of the suspected illicit cigarettes seized.

 

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