Hm Customs and Excise

Corrections & clarifications

On April 18, we reported that the Customs and Excise Department would be hiring 80 inspectors although the figure had yet to be confirmed. Customs has now confirmed it to be 35 inspectors this year.

Saturday, 25 April, 2009, 12:00am

Customs agents get smart ID cards

Customs will next month introduce smart cards to replace their current paper identity cards.

27 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Taskforce tackles surge in cases of food smuggling

An interdepartmental taskforce led by the Customs and Excise Department has been established to combat the fast-growing incidence of food smuggling.

The department reported a 40 per cent increase in seizures of illicit meat and poultry shipments entering Hong Kong last year, involving 3,151 seizures of 12,950kg of meat and poultry worth HK$347,000.

2 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

New law offers bosses chance to mend ways on piracy

Directors and partners of firms found using pirated software can avoid prosecution if they can present budgets for or receipts proving they had bought genuine software, a government official said yesterday.

3 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Hall of fakes

An officer inspects exhibits at the opening yesterday of a museum set up by the Customs and Excise Department at Kowloon Bay to promote the protection of intellectual property rights. The museum showcases more than 300 counterfeit items seized by officers and shows how piracy has evolved over the years.

31 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Customs to go undercover on shopping scams

Customs officers are going undercover to catch crooked retailers as their colleagues interview mainland victims of shopping scams highlighted in a CCTV programme.

18 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Customs HQ passes finance hurdle despite cost

The $1 billion project to build a new customs headquarters was approved by the Legislative Council's public works subcommittee despite concerns its annual running costs will be higher than at present.

11 May 2006 - 12:00am

Customs launch crackdown on use of illegal fuel

Updated at 4.41pm: The Customs and Excise Department has arrested 32 people in operations aimed at stopping the use of illicit fuels in Hong Kong. Mingpao reported on Thursday that the arrests included 11 bus drivers who had been using illegal fuel on Lantau Island.

22 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Crackdown on illicit cigarettes

Asian customs agencies are set to start pooling their efforts next month to crack down on cigarette smugglers using the 'merry-go-round' ruse to trade their illicit wares around the region.

11 Jun 2004 - 12:00am


As the owner of a small, Hong Kong-based trading company, it is very easy to see why mainland ports are getting a greater share of the shipping business.

One of the biggest headaches for companies shipping less than a container loads of goods from the mainland via Hong Kong is that they have to make an import and export declaration.

7 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

$1.1b Customs office proposed

The Customs and Excise Department has proposed building a $1.14 billion head office at North Point, lawmakers have been told.

The department is seeking approval to centralise its 11 offices around the territory with a 35-storey building in Tin Chiu Street.

5 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

95 on shortlist for 18 Customs' posts

Ninety-five people have made it to the final round for interviews for 18 jobs as inspectors with the Customs and Excise Department.

A total of 6,884 people - 10 with PhDs and 445 with a Master's degree - had applied. The 83 men and 12 women now have to face a final interview after succeeding in two rounds of examinations.

20 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Illicit fuel traders get wise to Customs raids

Migrants were being employed to operate illegal petrol stations which were being concealed more cleverly in order to evade Customs crackdowns, officials said yesterday.

New tactics included setting up illicit operations at construction sites with strategic vantage points, making observation and detection by Customs difficult.

20 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Customs seize falsely-labelled products

Updated at 6.45pm: More than a million dollars worth of falsely-labelled merchandise has been seized at the mainland border, the Customs and Excise Department said on Friday.

On Wednesday customs seized 21,109 pairs of women's jeans with false labels worth $1 million. There were found in an incoming container at Man Kam To Control Point.

2 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Police arrest three during illicit disc search

Updated at 1.13pm: Police said on Thursday they arrested three men during an operation to uncover illicit discs in Mongkok.

The men, aged between 30 and 46, were charged on Wednesday with publishing obscene articles after 27,927 discs worth $820,000 were seized.

1 Feb 2001 - 12:00am