Hong Kong Customs seizes smuggled 120 tonnes of frozen beef worth HK$4.7m near Waglan Island


14th January 2020 – (Hong Kong)  Hong Kong Customs detected a suspected smuggling case involving a fishing vessel in the waters off Waglan Island and seized about 120 tonnes of suspected smuggled frozen beef with an estimated market value of HK$4.7 million on 12th January.

Customs officers conducted an anti-smuggling operation in southeast waters on that day. A suspicious fishing vessel was spotted near Waglan Island and was then signalled to stop for inspection. Failing to stop, the vessel continued to sail towards the southeast water boundary.

Later, a speedboat approached the fishing vessel. The crew members immediately jumped onto the speedboat and fled the scene.

During the operation, Customs officers seized about 120 tonnes of suspected smuggled frozen beef and detained the fishing vessel for further investigation.

An investigation is ongoing.

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 HK$2 million and imprisonment for seven years.