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  1. News - Hong Kong - CRIME

    Customs seize HK$24 million worth of counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco

    Posted May 01st 2013, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... Clifford Lo clifford.lo@scmp.com Officers seize HK$24m worth of cigarettes and tobacco destined for Australian market Smuggling syndicate smashed Customs officers smashed an international smuggling syndicate, seizing HK$24 million worth of counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco. The 9.3 million cigarettes and 90kg of tobacco were found in a container that arrived in Hong Kong from Port ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - CRIME

    Smugglers cash in big on 'British' tobacco trafficked through Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 08th 2013, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... Smugglers cash in big on 'British' tobacco Criminal syndicates are reaping huge profits by smuggling mainland tobacco through Hong Kong into Britain, where it is sold at a 5,000 per cent ... forces with British and mainland agencies in an effort to stop it. "The low delivery cost in Hong Kong is one of the main reasons the illicit tobacco is smuggled from the mainland to Britain ...

  3. News - World - HEALTH

    Global pact adopted to curb illicit tobacco trade

    Posted Nov 12th 2012, 05:06pm by Agence France-Presse in Seoul

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul More than 170 countries on Monday adopted what World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Margaret Chan called a “game-changing” global pact to combat the illegal tobacco trade. The treaty envisages an international tracking system that aims to halt the smuggling and counterfeiting of tobacco products – a trade which accounts for 11 per cent of the total ...

  4. New unit to target cigarette smugglers

    Posted Feb 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Clifford Lo clifford.lo@scmp.com Smuggling gangs who deliver illicit cigarettes door to door to order are the target of a new customs unit, which will also monitor those trying to sell cigarettes online. The 15-strong team will tackle gangs who deliver fliers with price lists for different brands and mobile phone contact numbers. The cigarettes sell for between one-fifth and half ...

  5. HK helps smash illicit mainland tobacco trade

    Posted Jan 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... was manufactured and smuggled out of China to the European market, this has now been driven down to two provinces.' Hong Kong customs and excise commissioner Clement Cheung Wan-ching said the recent ... colleagues,' Cheung said. 'Their revenue officers have been in communication with our officers and the latest incident when we uncovered the largest single police case involving the smuggling ...

  6. HK$29m of illicit tobacco seized in Christmas post

    Posted Jan 10th 2012, 12:00am

    ... is 50 per cent less than the genuine product costs in Britain.' Investigators have learned that the illicit tobacco, packaged in bags bearing the Golden Virginia brand name, was smuggled ... picked up by our officers for examination.' Kong compared the battle to stop tobacco smuggling to a 'game' of capability and intelligence between smugglers and officers Inside each ...

  7. Lawmakers approve tobacco tax increase

    Posted Jun 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... would lead to more cigarette smuggling and hurt newspaper vendors' business. But pan-democrat lawmaker Andrew Cheng Kar-foo said the higher tax was a good way to protect smokers' ...

  8. Lawmakers must back tobacco tax

    Posted Jun 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... industry is, no doubt, right when it says some smokers have turned to cheap, smuggled cigarettes. But the solution should be tougher enforcement action rather than reining in a public health policy ...

  9. Illegal-smokes trade flourishing

    Posted Jun 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... and smuggled genuine cigarettes cost HK$25 to HK$27, well below the official Hong Kong price of around HK$50. Meanwhile, the number of illicit cigarettes seized across the city in the first five months ... Kong attributed the rise in seizures to tougher enforcement action before and after the tax increase. 'After a series of operations, illicit cigarette dealers tended to smuggle smaller ...

  10. letters

    Posted Jun 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... and discourage non-smokers, especially teenagers, from taking up the habit. But the number of smokers has not fallen. Instead, new problems arose, such as a rise in cigarette smuggling and the use ... the leaders of the smuggling rings and not just catch the smugglers at customs. It should tighten regulations on the import of e-cigarettes. It should also get e-cigarette producers to stick warning ...




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