Gold smuggling attempt thwarted at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

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21st May 2024 – (Guangzhou) Customs officers at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport seized nearly 800 grams of pure gold, cleverly disguised as bag chains, from two passengers attempting to bypass regulations. The events unfolded as vigilant customs officials noticed unusual X-ray images during routine checks of an inbound flight.

The first passenger’s satchel, which raised suspicions due to the unusual density of its metal chain when scanned, was found to contain a gold chain weighing 500 grams. The gold displayed a characteristic golden hue and was of a softer consistency, typical of high-purity gold.

Further investigation led to the discovery of another similar case on the same flight. A second passenger was found carrying a satchel with a chain that also appeared to be made of gold, this one weighing 299.4 grams. Both chains, upon thorough examination by professional institutions, were confirmed to be made of 99.9% pure gold, totalling 799.4 grams.

The passengers later confessed to replacing the standard chains on their satchels with ones made of gold, in an attempt to smuggle the metal into the country while evading customs controls. This act of smuggling was aimed at avoiding the stringent regulations and duties normally applied to the import of precious metals.

Under the “Regulations on the Implementation of Administrative Penalties for Customs of the People’s Republic of China”, smuggling activities involving the concealment, disguise, underreporting, or misreporting of goods are illegal. Such actions, especially when they involve items restricted or prohibited by the state, or those liable for taxation, are considered serious offences.