Clamp on border fuel trade

PUBLISHED : Monday, 01 April, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 01 April, 1996, 12:00am

Truck drivers involved in the illegal cross-border fuel trade are the target of proposed legislation aimed at cutting government duty losses.

The new laws are designed to prevent lorry drivers profiting from the sale of diesel oil bought in China and sold in Hong Kong.

Drivers have been exploiting a loophole in the law which allows them to enter Hong Kong with up to 300 litres of diesel in their fuel tanks.

The head of the Marine and Land Enforcement Command, Senior Superintendent Lawrence Wong Pui-sau, said that under planned changes to the Dutiable Commodities Ordinance, trucks would only be allowed to transfer fuel at officially sanctioned stations.