Customs Officer

Sydney airport customs officers caught in drug ring investigation

Australia announced an overhaul of its customs service yesterday after eight people were arrested in a corruption investigation linked to an alleged drugs ring at Sydney airport.

Friday, 21 December, 2012, 3:38am

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

HK$29m of illicit tobacco seized in Christmas post

More than 10 tonnes of illicit tobacco destined for Britain has been confiscated in Hong Kong in the past five weeks, prompting customs officials to step up co-operation with British and mainland authorities to stop the illegal trade.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Jail terms loom for smugglers at border

Tens of thousands of people smuggling untaxed electronic products, baby formula and other popular merchandise across the border for a quick profit could face jail as Beijing toughens the law against trafficking.

4 May 2011 - 12:00am

Elderly lured into cigarette smuggling

More than 100 smugglers make five or six return trips a day between Hong Kong and Shenzhen carrying contraband cigarettes through the Lo Wu checkpoint, a senior customs officer says.

11 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Huge haul seized aboard mainland-bound ship

Customs officers seized one of their largest hauls of smuggled goods from a mainland-bound cargo vessel on Saturday, after a week-long surveillance exercise.

15 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Two caught smuggling cigarettes

26 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Seized tusks were legal hippo trade

Tusks seized by Macau authorities in bags bearing Hong Kong government seals were legally traded hippo tusks, not elephant ivory, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said yesterday.

A spokeswoman said the tusks had not been stolen, as had been feared, and its stocks were intact.

19 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Five held in raid on biggest drug factory

Customs officers have raided the largest and most sophisticated drug-making centre ever found in Hong Kong.

17 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Triad-run smuggling syndicates offer logistics service to mainland

Four or five triad-controlled smuggling syndicates with at least 10 speedboats are said to be running what amounts to a logistics service between Hong Kong and the mainland every night.

18 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

16 held as HK$1m in fake goods seized

30 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

HK$11m worth of smuggled goods seized

Law enforcement officers seized HK$11 million worth of goods in two operations described as dealing a heavy blow to two syndicates that use speedboats to smuggle high-valued products to the mainland.

25 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Computer parts seized as suspects flee

Marine police and customs officers seized seven boxes of computer parts worth HK$88,000 from a light goods vehicle in an anti-smuggling operation in Tung Chung. Five to six men were loading boxes from the vehicle onto two speedboats but fled in the boats towards Lung Kwu Chau.

20 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Customs seize fake brand clothes

Nine people were arrested yesterday when customs officers raided six garment shops in Kowloon City and seized counterfeit clothes worth HK$1.4 million.

Officers seized about 12,000 items of clothing in shops on Lion Rock Road. Investigations showed the counterfeits were imitations of brand names and were out-of-season goods for export, substandard goods or samples.

30 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Customs swoop on suspected smugglers

Customs has arrested seven suspected smugglers, including three core members of a racket that used powerful speedboats to sneak high-value goods to the mainland over the past few years. The crackdown dealt a heavy blow to the syndicate.

Computer hard disks, integrated circuit chips, cellphones and other goods with an estimated retail value of HK$22 million were also seized.

23 Oct 2008 - 12:00am