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  1. News - Hong Kong - BORDER CONTROL

    1,000 suspected parallel traders arrested last year

    Posted Jan 28th 2014, 04:58am by SAMUEL CHAN

    ... Samuel Chan samuel.chan@scmp.com 1,000 suspected parallel traders arrested last year Some 1,065 mainlanders and 12 of their local employers were arrested last year for suspected parallel-goods trading activities, the Immigration Department said yesterday. And 12,800 mainlanders were denied entry to Hong Kong in the same period for suspected involvement in such trading, it said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1415125/1000-suspected-parallel-traders-arrested-last-year
  2. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Democratic groups propose arrival tax of up to HK$100 to curb mainland visitors

    Posted Feb 11th 2014, 04:33am by JEFFIE LAM

    ... Jeffie Lam jeffie.lam@scmp.com Suggestion by democratic groups to charge visitors up to HK$100 is rejected by the tourism trade and labelled ‘brutal’ by one lawmaker ‘Tax them at border ... Democratic Party lawmaker Sin Chung-kai said. "Hopefully the proposed tax would discourage mainland tourists- particularly parallel-goods traders- from travelling to Hong Kong." The party ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1425649/democratic-groups-propose-arrival-tax-hk100-stop-mainland-visitors
  3. News - Hong Kong - PARALLEL-GOODS TRADING

    New system detects 150 potential smugglers at border daily

    Posted Aug 01st 2013, 12:00am by JEFFIE LAM

    ... parallel-goods trading activities had decreased. He added that the system had expanded its operations to all five border checkpoints. The goods confiscated by the customs officials were mainly smartphone ... system implemented last month by the Shenzhen customs. The system - introduced on July 10 to help the authorities identify and crack down on illegal parallel-goods traders - flashes a green light ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1293415/new-system-detects-150-potential-smugglers-border-daily
  4. News - Hong Kong - TRADE

    Scuffles in Sheung Shui as parallel traders return in growing numbers

    Posted Jul 14th 2013, 12:00am by Ada Lee

    ... Sheung Shui residents take issue with traders again just months after limit on milk formula Scuffles broke out in Sheung Shui yesterday between parallel-goods traders and residents, who complained the cross-border smuggling trade has again become rampant in the district. Residents' protests died down in March after a new law came into force limiting to two tins the amount ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1282088/scuffles-sheung-shui-parallel-goods-traders-return-growing-numbers
  5. News - Hong Kong - TOURISM

    Wide backing for tighter solo visitor scheme

    Posted Jul 26th 2013, 12:00am by Johnny Tam

    ... of parallel-goods trading. "Some visitors buy daily necessities for their own use, but some also buy products, like infant formula, to earn extra money by reselling them in the mainland," said Leung Kim-shing, spokesman for North District Parallel Imports Concern Group. A district councillor said the government should target parallel-goods trading but not the scheme. "The ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1290663/wide-backing-tighter-solo-visitor-scheme
  6. News - Hong Kong - PARALLEL-GOODS TRADING

    Customs drops charge against mainlander who carried baby cereal

    Posted Mar 20th 2013, 12:00am by Ernest Kao, Stuart Lau

    ... Mainlander is spared a court trial because her rice milk cereal is not bound by the new rules Customs will withdraw a charge against a mainland woman who was initially thought to be flouting Hong Kong's new two-tin cap on taking powdered infant milk ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1194898/customs-drops-charge-against-mainlander-who-carried-baby-cereal
  7. News - Hong Kong

    Limit set on cross-border trading of baby milk formula

    Posted Feb 01st 2013, 07:49pm by Lai Ying-kit

    ... the shortage had not eased. At a press conference on Friday, Ko said: “[Since] the shortage of infant milk formula has much to do with parallel trading … we need to restrict exports.” People crossing ... Lai Ying-kit The Hong Kong government cracked down on the cross-border trade in baby milk formula on Friday, limiting visitors to taking two tins of milk powder when they leave the city, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1141267/limit-set-cross-border-trading-baby-formula
  8. News - Hong Kong

    Beijing to see findings from cross-border tourism study

    Posted Jan 28th 2013, 02:28pm by CHEUNG CHI-FAI

    ... the growing conflicts worried them. The study began last year as public concerns grew over the impact of mainland tourists – some engaging in parallel trading – on local retail businesses and the daily lives of Hongkongers. Parallel traders carry goods across the border to profit on their resale by avoiding hefty mainland taxes. “Just for the purpose of boosting tourist numbers, issues ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1137870/cross-border-trade-tourism-study-findings-be-passed-beijing
  9. News - Hong Kong

    Arrests of mainlanders in Hong Kong up 11pc

    Posted Jan 29th 2013, 02:53pm by Simpson Cheung

    ... Simpson Cheung Overall crime rate drops in 2012 Arrests of mainlanders for crimes committed in Hong Kong increased 11 per cent last year despite a slight drop in crimes year-on-year, the police announced on Tuesday morning. Last year’s total of 75,930 rep ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1138552/arrests-mainlanders-hong-kong-11pc
  10. News - Hong Kong - IMMIGRATION

    Raids on parallel traders don't placate Sheung Shui residents

    Posted Oct 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Stuart Lau

    ... parallel traders were out in force at the Sheung Shui MTR station yesterday despite police and immigration officials carrying out their 13th raid in five weeks against the cross-border trade ... warehousing services. The arrests were carried out ahead of a protest expected to be held today by Sheung Shui residents angered by the parallel trading conducted in their border town. While ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1067460/raids-parallel-traders-dont-placate-sheung-shui-residents

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