Anti-Smuggling Task Force

Hong Kong Customs and the Guangdong Sub-Administration of China Customs seized 1,209 pieces of ivory tusk and 1.4 kilograms of ivory ornaments in a joint anti-smuggling operation in October. Photo: Sam Tsang

Customs officials battle smuggling surge

Customs officials in China are grappling with an increase in smuggling, particularly banned items such as drugs, weapons and endangered animals, state media reported on Tuesday.