Hong Kong Customs has seized a batch of illegal cigarettes and some suspected counterfeit goods, worth $2.4 million (about US$309,211) after intercepting two transshipment smuggling cases at Tuen Mun River Trade Terminal Customs Cargo Examination Compound.
Customs officers inspected a 20-foot container allegedly carrying handbags from a river trade vessel that was to be transshipped to Australia. Under X-ray examination, the officers discovered the consignment was camouflaged with about 150 large suitcases and a total of 0.6 million sticks of illicit cigarettes were found at the back of the container. The cigarettes, valued at $193,257 and a duty potential of $131,415, were confiscated for further investigation.
Separately, customs officers examined a 20-foot container declared to contain cleansers destined for the United Arab Emirates. Upon inspection, more than 53,000 bottles of suspected fake shampoo, worth about $114,666, with false trade origin descriptions were found.
No arrests in either of the cases have been made, according to a customs spokesperson.