Customs officers are tasked with the duties to prevent and detect smuggling of contraband items such as narcotics, arms, ammunition, weapons, counterfeit and pirated goods. In fulfilling the mission, we examine baggage of passengers at entry / exit points on a selective basis. Personal search may also be conducted on passengers as and when required.
In order to ensure a smooth flow of passengers at entry / exit points, the Department adopts a risk management approach to select passengers for examination. In making the selection, we are mindful to avoid any inconvenience so caused to the passengers.
Passengers carrying food items, such as fruits, vegetables, fully-cooked meat, seafood (including hairy crab), for personal consumption in their personal baggage, in a reasonable quantity, are generally not subject to control.
The Department places posters along the Green Channel to remind incoming passengers that they are passing through a channel specifically designed for those who have nothing to declare. Those who have goods to declare should immediately leave for the Red Channel and / or seek assistance from Customs officers.
It is not necessary to do so. Under the Red & Green Channel System, a passenger who chooses to use the Green Channel means he / she has made a Customs declaration that he / she has no controlled items, excessive dutiable goods or a large quantity of currency and bearer negotiable instruments ("CBNIs") (i.e. CBNIs of a total value more than HKD120,000 or the equivalent in foreign currencies).
Passengers importing prohibited / controlled goods are required to produce a valid licence or permit. Failing which, they may be liable to prosecution and the prohibited / controlled goods may be seized.