Hong Kong Customs and Marine Police seize suspected smuggled electronic goods and suspected red sandalwood


Hong Kong (HKSAR) -      Hong Kong Customs and the Marine Police yesterday (March 2) seized a batch of suspected smuggled electronic goods, including 2 109 mobile phones, 120 tablets, 168 cameras, 176 pieces of camera accessories, and about 151 kilograms of suspected red sandalwood with a total estimated market value of about $5.1 million at Sham Wat Pier, Lantau Island.

     Customs officers and the Marine Police conducted an anti-smuggling operation on Lantau Island yesterday evening and took enforcement action after having found some persons moving a large amount of goods from a 7-seater private car onto a speedboat at Sham Wat Pier. The persons fled at once with the speedboat, leaving behind the batch of suspected smuggled electronic goods, the suspected red sandalwood, and the 7-seater private car.

     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.

     Under the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance, any person found guilty of importing or exporting an endangered species without a licence is liable to a maximum fine of $5 million and imprisonment for two years.

     Members of the public may report any suspected smuggling activities to the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.



Published on: 2018-03-03

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