Hong Kong Customs thwarts major electronic parts smuggling operation, HK$8m worth of items seized

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28th November 2023 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong Customs made a significant seizure of around 8,000 suspected smuggled electronic parts on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Port on 28th November. The confiscated items, including central processing units and computer RAM units, are estimated to have a total market value of approximately $8 million.

Acting on risk assessment data, Customs officials intercepted a suspicious outbound private vehicle at the control point in the early hours of the morning. An inspection of the car led to the discovery of the large batch of suspected smuggled electronic parts concealed inside the vehicle’s boot.

Two 37-year-old men, the driver and a passenger, have been apprehended in connection with the case. Both individuals are currently under arrest, suspected of involvement in the smuggling operation.

This smuggling bust underscores the ongoing vigilance of Hong Kong Customs in their mission to impede illegal activities at the city’s borders. The operation also highlights the importance of the intelligence and risk assessment systems that facilitate these successful interceptions.

The investigation into this case is still ongoing, with authorities working to determine the origin and intended destination of the smuggled goods, as well as potential connections to larger smuggling networks. The arrested individuals are likely to face serious charges under Hong Kong’s Import and Export Ordinance, which mandates severe penalties for smuggling attempts.