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Parallel trading

The influx of parallel traders who buy their stock tax-free in Hong Kong to resell it in mainland China at a profit is causing growing unrest. Residents of Sheung Shui, a town close to China's border, say the increase in parallel importers has pushed up retail prices and causes a general nuisance. Importers argue that their trade benefits the Hong Kong economy.

More arrests as Hong Kong continues crackdown on parallel goods trading

Tuen Mun residents organise a rally against parallel trading. Photo: Dickson Lee

Eight mainland visitors suspected of parallel goods trading have been arrested in the last two days, the Immigration Department said on Wednesday.

Friday, 20 February, 2015, 7:27pm 4 comments

Anti-mainlander protests damaging city's reputation, says tourism chief

Protesters clash with police officers during a rally against parallel trading in Tuen Mun. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hong Kong’s tourism chief and the pro-establishment camp have denounced recent protests against mainlanders, saying they are hurting the city’s reputation as a tourist-friendly destination.

17 Feb 2015 - 12:19am 4 comments

Fresh clashes in New Territories protest against parallel traders

Protesters, some waving the colonial-era flag, at the rally at the New Town Plaza in Sha Tin against parallel trading. Photo: David Wong

Clashes erupted in the New Territories for the second Sunday in a row on Sunday as a shopping mall was overrun by anti-parallel trading protesters.

16 Feb 2015 - 5:43pm 46 comments

Hong Kong immigration department has a list of suspected parallel-goods traders: director

Director of Immigration Eric Chan Kwok-ki (centre) told the media that the Immigration Department aims to recruit 60 assistants this year. Photo: Edward Wong.

Immigration chief addresses low conviction rate and concerns over technology being used in new ID cards at year-end media briefing.

13 Feb 2015 - 5:05am 1 comment

Hong Kong should facilitate trade at border towns, not vilify it

Travellers shop in Tuen Mun. K. Y. Cheng

Northern New Territories shopping malls are not for the faint-hearted; the approaching Lunar New Year has made them more than usually a magnet for shoppers from Shenzhen and parallel-goods traders.

11 Feb 2015 - 12:54am 18 comments

A town selling its soul: parts of Hong Kong transformed by mainland shopping frenzy

A long line of travellers waits with their purchases for a bus to the Shenzhen Bay border crossing. Hongkongers take different takes on the phenomenon. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Simmering tensions are threatening to worsen the China-Hong Kong divide as locals grapple with the rapidly changing character of their city

9 Feb 2015 - 10:50am 36 comments

Pepper spray and arrests as Tuen Mun parallel trader protest ends in chaos

Protesters and police clash in Tuen Mun yesterday during a rally against parallel-goods trading. Photo: Dickson Lee

Shops closed and tensions ran high in Tuen Mun on Sunday as a protest against parallel-goods trading descended into chaotic scenes, arrests and pepper spray.

9 Feb 2015 - 10:43am 43 comments

Cross-border formula smuggling 'out of control', Hong Kong judge says

Customs officials show milk powder confiscated in Lo Wu. Photo: Felix Wong

A magistrate at Fanling Court lashed out at parallel traders who smuggle baby formula across the border, before sentencing one of them to two weeks in jail. Principal Magistrate Bernadette Woo said the situation had "spiralled out of control".

5 Feb 2015 - 6:35pm 5 comments

56 suspected mainland Chinese cross-border traders arrested in Hong Kong

Cross-border traders at a border checkpoint in Hong Kong. Photo: SCMP

Fifty-six mainland Chinese visitors have been arrested in a series of pre-Christmas immigration raids, Hong Kong officials said.

The tourists, all from the mainland, are suspected to have been illegally working in the so-called parallel goods trading around the New Territories, which is an automatic breach of their condition of stay in Hong Kong.

25 Dec 2014 - 4:14pm 3 comments

20 mainland Chinese traders arrested in quick-fire swoop by Hong Kong authorities

20 mainland Chinese traders arrested in quick-fire swoop by Hong Kong authorities

A joint immigration and police swoop on mainlanders involved in buying goods in Hong Kong for sale across the border resulted in 20 arrests this week.

20 Dec 2014 - 9:42am

Parallel traders shrug off 15-day border crackdown

Public spaces around the Luohu checkpoint and subway station provide a thriving market for Hong Kong goods. Photos: Dickson Lee

Parallel traders who buy goods in Hong Kong to illegally sell across the border in the mainland have shrugged off a 15-day government crackdown that started Tuesday, saying the move is futile.

30 May 2014 - 9:18am 6 comments

Democratic groups propose arrival tax of up to HK$100 to curb mainland visitors

Democratic groups propose arrival tax of up to HK$100 to curb mainland visitors

Two democratic groups have proposed slapping an arrival tax of HK$20 to HK$100 on non-Hong Kong residents who enter the city by land as a means of curbing the influx of mainland visitors.

11 Feb 2014 - 10:12am 43 comments

1,000 suspected parallel traders arrested last year

Customs officials inspect excess amount of milk powder carry by a traveller in Lo Wu.

Some 1,065 mainlanders and 12 of their local employers were arrested last year for suspected parallel-goods trading activities, the Immigration Department said yesterday.

28 Jan 2014 - 6:35am

Two strikes and you're out for Shenzhen smugglers

People buying daily household products such as shampoo in a pharmacy in Fanling. Photo: Felix Wong

In what could be a heavy blow to cross-border traders between Shenzhen and Hong Kong, Guangdong authorites are planning to deny travel permits to Shenzhen residents found to have been involved in smuggling. 

17 Aug 2013 - 3:43am 3 comments

New system detects 150 potential smugglers at border daily

Gary Chan Hak-kan

Up to 150 people cross the checkpoints between Hong Kong and Shenzhen more than twice each day, according to a new system implemented last month by the Shenzhen customs.

1 Aug 2013 - 5:05am