Hong Kong Customs detects suspected smuggling of frozen Wagyu beef worth HK$4m involving speedboat


23rd September 2022 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong Customs yesterday mounted an anti-smuggling operation in the waters near Shau Kei Wan and detected a suspected smuggling case involving a speedboat. A batch of suspected smuggled frozen Wagyu beef, with an estimated market value of about HK$4 million, was seized.

Customs officers last night conducted an anti-smuggling operation and spotted a suspicious loaded speedboat in the waters off Shau Kei Wan Typhoon Shelter. Officers immediately took action and intercepted the speedboat, which then accelerated to avoid Customs interception.

After pursuit, the speedboat was forced to stop in the waters off Heng Fa Chuen. Two men on board the speedboat abandoned the boat and jumped ashore, fleeing towards the Heng Fa Chuen direction.

 Customs officers seized the batch of suspected smuggled goods on board the intercepted speedboat, which has two powerful mounted outboard engines. A preliminary investigation revealed the licence of the speedboat had expired and the vessel’s details are inconsistent with its registration record. 

An investigation is ongoing. Two men suspected to be connected with the case are still at large.

HKSAR Govt Press Release