10th June 2021 – (Hong Kong) In view of the upward trend of smuggling at sea this year, Hong Kong Customs has strengthened intelligence exchanges with anti-smuggling departments of the Mainland Customs, and has targeted a cross-border smuggling syndicate for in-depth investigation. Between March and April, the Mainland Customs took the first action, smashing 3 warehouses storing smuggled goods in Guangdong, Guangxi, Anhui and other places, arresting 11 people and seizing 2.42 tons of smuggled pangolin scales, with a market value of more than 50 million RMB.
Hong Kong Customs took enforcement action from 2nd to 7th June.
On 2nd June, Customs officers found several suspicious men on the shore of Lau Fau Shan using a slide with metal rollers to carry cartons from a truck to a speedboat. They took action and the men immediately boarded the speedboat and fled. Customs officers intercepted a suspected truck at the scene and seized a large number of suspected smuggled goods on the truck, including designer handbags, watches, expensive food ingredients, and highly endangered animals and plants.
Customs officers subsequently raided 3 warehouses and 1 residential unit in the New Territories. During the operation, the Customs arrested 4 suspected persons involved in the case, aged between 35 and 62, including warehouse supervisor, packaging workers, etc., and seized a large number of suspected smuggled goods in the warehouse. The total value of the items seized in the Hong Kong Customs operation was approximately HK$120 million. Together with the smuggled goods seized by the Mainland Customs, the total market value was more than HK$180 million.