Customs Department

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

The 9.3 million cigarettes and 90 kilograms of tobacco were found in a container from Port Kelang in Malaysia. Photo: David Wong

The 9.3 million cigarettes and 90kg of tobacco were found in a container that arrived in Hong Kong from Port Kelang in Malaysia via Singapore.

Wednesday, 1 May, 2013, 5:52am

10 suspected milk formula smugglers arrested

Parallel tradings in infant milk formula are seen operating near Sheung Shui MTR station. Photo: Nora Tam

The continuing crackdown on cross-border baby formula traders has seen 10 people arrested in two days for allegedly smuggling 110 tins of milk powder, customs chiefs said.

7 Apr 2013 - 5:28am 1 comment

Milk traders able to skirt checks at border town

Chung Ying Street does not have a checkpoint. Photo: David Wong

Traders of contraband milk formula are shifting their operations to a historic street in the border town of Sha Tau Kok, which lets them skirt tighter checks on parallel exports that began on Friday.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:14am

Customs seize HK$2.7m weapons haul bound for India

Customs officers have seized a stash of weapons and suspected fake items worth HK$2.7 million bound for India from a vessel entering Hong Kong from the mainland.

A department spokesman said that officers seized 1,000 pepper sprays, 50 stun guns, 400 knuckle-dusters and 250 extendible batons from a cargo container on Saturday, on a vessel coming to the city from Guangzhou.

7 Jan 2013 - 5:44am

Customs rejects privacy fears over scanners at airport, cruise terminal

An example of how the system highlights contraband. Photo: Customs

Customs officials have moved to quell privacy fears over controversial new full-body scanners headed for the Kai Tak cruise terminal and Chep Lap Kok airport, saying they are not intrusive and will reduce the need for physical searches.

6 Jan 2013 - 4:06am

Customs seize HK$27m haul of smuggled ivory at Kwai Chung

A customs officer guards the 1,209 elephant tusks shipped to Hong Kong in two containers from Kenya and Tanzania. Photo: Sam Tsang

One of the world's biggest ever seizures of illicit ivory - a haul of tusks which cost the lives of 600 African elephants - has been made in Hong Kong. The raid was the outcome of a two-month-long, cross-border investigation by Hong Kong and Guangdong customs agents.

21 Oct 2012 - 12:53pm 2 comments

Sniffing out a friend

Micky, a drug detector dog for customs, charms a mother and her daughter at the Discovery Park Shopping Centre in Tsuen Wan yesterday during the Outstanding Dogs of Hong Kong Awards.

26 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

19 arrested as anti-piracy raids net CDs worth $3m

EIGHTEEN men and a woman were arrested and $3 million worth of pirate CDs and VCDs have been seized in an anti-piracy operation by Customs officials.

Raids were launched on Friday, leading to 19 people being arrested and up to 147,000 illicit CDs seized. The Customs Department said it would continue with 'Operation Thunderbolt'.

21 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Angered by shopkeepers

On the afternoon of July 24, I went through an experience that left me both angry and concerned.

Living in the New Territories I went into Kowloon to take care of some errands.

13 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Smuggling rewards increased

THE increasing sophistication of cross-border smuggling rackets has sparked hefty new incentives to entice people close to any illicit trade into tipping-off the Customs Department.

Rewards for informants announced yesterday mark the first such increases for 10 years, with one package rising more than threefold.

2 Mar 1993 - 12:00am