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Customs and Excise Department

Customs nab Tsim Sha Tsui trader who misled shoppers over price of Chinese herbs

Customers were pressured into paying more than ten times the price they expected after confusing use of different measurements.

Thursday, 13 March, 2014, 7:38pm 1 comment

HK$60m of contraband electronics seized from ship on Pearl River Delta

Acting on intelligence, officers intercepted the ship, known as a river trade vessel, shortly after it set off from Black Point in Tuen Mun for Humen in Guangdong on Thursday. They escorted the vessel to the River Trade Terminal in Tuen Mun, where X-rays revealed illicit goods hidden in three containers on board.

19 May 2013 - 5:51am

Tong's hospitality as chief of customs raises eyebrows

A lawmaker urged the tight-lipped Customs and Excise Department to explain why Tong could borrow a plane from the Government Flying Service to entertain visiting mainland officials in 2004, as alleged by a Chinese-language newspaper yesterday.

8 May 2013 - 5:48am 5 comments

Hong Kong foots the bill as Beijing tops up its tax take

An elite Customs team has been set up to tackle smuggling syndicates who are making millions of dollars a day shipping container loads of illegal goods between Hong Kong and the mainland.

2 Apr 2013 - 6:55am 6 comments

Apology to 12 cross-border travellers over mistaken milk powder arrests

A lawmaker has attacked the government for refusing to say which infant milk formulas are restricted from being taken out of Hong Kong. The criticism came after Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man apologised yesterday to 12 mainlanders carrying rice-based baby cereal, who were mistakenly arrested at the border.

23 Mar 2013 - 4:50am 5 comments

Chinese woman in milk formula blunder hits back at Hong Kong Customs

The mainland woman mistakenly charged with flouting the two-tin limit on infant milk formula has criticised Hong Kong customs officials for not saying sorry. "They gave no apology when they called me yesterday evening, but just told me bluntly that I needed to travel to Hong Kong in person to collect my HK$1,000 bail money and the six cans they confiscated," Huang Xuejiao, 29, told the South China Morning Post.

22 Mar 2013 - 9:00am 9 comments

Woman held at Hong Kong border for 'breaking milk limit' - with rice cereal

The woman, from eastern China's Jiangsu province, said she did not know powdered rice milk cereal was included in the rule and said she asked customs officials at Lok Ma Chau more than once. 

21 Mar 2013 - 3:44pm 7 comments

Customs clerk sentenced to 140 hours of community service

A former customs clerk was sentenced on Tuesday to perform 140 hours of community service for conducting unauthorised searches on a database used to track suspicious financial transactions.

Wong Yuk-ling, 56, who worked as a confidential assistant at the government’s Joint Financial Intelligence Unit, struggled to hold back tears as she heard the sentence in Eastern Court.

4 Dec 2012 - 1:16pm

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.

27 Nov 2012 - 6:49pm

Customs criticised for pursuit of outdated CD and VCD piracy

Despite a plunge in the number of factories making optical CD or VCD discs, the customs department is maintaining the fight against piracy in this declining medium, according to the Audit Commission's report.

15 Nov 2012 - 4:32am