Hong Kong Customs Seizes Illegal Cigarettes, Fake Goods

Hong Kong Customs Seizes Illegal Cigarettes, Fake Goods

Hong Kong Customs seizes 0.6 million sticks of illegal cigarettes.

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.