Customs and Excise Department

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

About 10 per cent of complaints received by customs between July and the end of last year were linked to shops selling dried seafood and Chinese herbs. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

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

The haul included cameras, tablet computers, hard disks, LCD panels, computer motherboards and integrated circuits. Photo: Nora Tam

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

Timothy Tong (centre), of customs, takes Shenzhen customs director general Zou Zhiwu (left) on a GFS plane in 2004. Photo: SCMP

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

Some of the 29,000 smuggled computer hard disks seized on a mainland cargo ship. Computer hard disks are one of the mainland's star exports. Photo: David Wong

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

Dr Ko Wing-man, Secretary for Food and Health. Photo: Felix Wong

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

Customs officers inspect luggage at Lok Ma Chau. Photo: Edward Wong

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

Unlicensed exports of milk and "milk-like substance" in powder form have been restricted since March 1. Photo: Edward Wong

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

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 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

Customs' piracy fight stuck in the past.

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

HK$3.3m haul of illicit cigarettes seized in Tsing Yi

Customs officers have seized illicit cigarettes worth HK$3.3 million and arrested three suspected smugglers in Tsing Yi, the government announced on Thursday.

A customs spokesman said the haul involved 110 boxes holding a total of around 1.3 million sticks of duty-not-paid cigarettes. The cargo is worth about HK$3.3 million and the duty potential on the cigarettes is HK$2.3 million.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Customs seizes record HK$760m cocaine haul

A joint operation between Hong Kong and US authorities has led to the city's biggest seizure of cocaine.

Some 649kg of the drug, with an estimated street value of HK$760 million, was discovered in a shipping container that arrived from Ecuador on Wednesday, following a tip-off from the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Lin injury puts fakers out of action, too, says customs

Customs officers at Hong Kong airport had only discovered one consignment of fake Jeremy Lin basketball jerseys by the time news broke this week that the Asian-American basketball sensation was injured. That's despite the availability of the unauthorised tops in the city's markets.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Five-year upgrade doubles airport's baggage capacity

Baggage-handling capacity at Hong Kong International Airport has been doubled under a five-year project that cost HK$750 million.

2 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

HK helps smash illicit mainland tobacco trade

International co-operation involving Hong Kong is helping to smash illegal tobacco-growing operations on the mainland.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am