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Police seize chicken feet in storage since 1967, smuggled from Vietnam

A vendor stands behind slaughtered chickens at a poultry market in Hefei, Anhui province. Photo: Reuters

When police raided an illegal food storage site in Nanning, capital of the Guangxi autonomous region, they found decades-old chicken feet waiting to be processed. Some even dated to 1967, during the tumultuous days of the Cultural Revolution.

Monday, 8 July, 2013, 3:28pm 8 comments

Venezuela's Maduro scraps plan to restrict food sales

A shopper carries grocery items at state-run Venezuelan supermarket 'Bicentenario' in Caracas. Photo: Reuters

Officials in western Zulia state had said the plan to limit sales of items such as cooking oil, flour, chicken and toilet paper — all of which are subject to price controls — could begin as early as Monday at 65 supermarkets.

9 Jun 2013 - 12:37pm

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

Taiwan men face US weapons smuggling charges

A Taiwanese man with ties to North Korea used shell companies set up by his son to smuggle machinery that can be used to make weapons of mass destruction out of the United States, prosecutors said on Monday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Hong Kong seizes 113 smuggled ivory tusks worth HK$3m

A seizure of ivory tusks in Hong Kong in January. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong customs officers have seized 113 ivory tusks worth about HK$3 million on the Chinese ivory market, officials said on Wednesday.

The smuggled ivory was seized at the airport on Tuesday in a container marked “spare parts” from Burundi which was bound for Singapore, said an official statement.

The total seizure, weighing 300kg, was worth an estimated HK$3 million.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

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.

1 May 2013 - 5:52am

Smugglers cash in big on 'British' tobacco trafficked through Hong Kong

Criminal syndicates are reaping huge profits by smuggling mainland tobacco through Hong Kong into Britain and selling it as counterfeit British brand. Photo: Reuters

Criminal syndicates are reaping huge profits by smuggling mainland tobacco through Hong Kong into Britain, where it is sold at a 5,000 per cent mark-up, a government source says.

8 Apr 2013 - 10:33am

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

China and Vietnam co-operating despite border disputes

Smugglers carrying goods across the border from China into Vietnam make their way down a hill in northern Vietnam, April 17, 2006. (Photo: AP)

A week after China fired flares at Vietnamese fishing boats in yet another stand-off in the South China Sea, the two countries showed they could quietly co-operate in another field.

29 Mar 2013 - 4:19pm

Ivory haul poses 16-tonne headache for Hong Kong's conservation officers

An elephant in Pattaya yesterday creates a painting depicting a shot elephant with words in Thai reading "Stop Killing Me". Photo: EPA

What do you do with 16 tonnes of elephant tusks? Conservation officers wrestling with that problem have shelved - for the time being - the idea of incinerating the growing stock of illegal ivory seizures after opposition from their advisers.

14 Mar 2013 - 8:32am 10 comments

Greater China second to India in seizure of tiger parts

A tiger cub is saved from smugglers. Photo: AP Images

A report on the illegal wildlife trade of tigers across Asia shows that between 2000 and 2012, greater China had the most seizures of tiger parts after India. There were a total of 654 seizures across the region with parts from an estimated 1,425 tigers.

10 Mar 2013 - 6:36am 1 comment

Chinese smuggle millions of dollars via Vancouver airport

Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, British Columbia. Photo: AP

In June last year, a mainland traveller was caught carrying undeclared cash worth C$177,495 (HK$1.34 million), according to a freedom of information report requested by the Vancouver Sun.

7 Mar 2013 - 1:05am

Three arrested at border 'attempting to smuggle HK$24,940 of baby formula'

Starting in March, people leaving Hong Kong will be allowed to carry only two cans of milk formula across the border. Photo: Reuters

Customs and Excise Department detained a 23-year-old driver at the Lok Ma Chau border after 60 cans of formula were found hidden behind the back seat of his seven-seater van.

26 Feb 2013 - 3:42pm 2 comments

Five jailed for smuggling fuel to China

Five people were jailed for between four and six years, on Friday, for smuggling more than HK$2.6 billion worth of fuel oil into the mainland by boat.

The five were connected with a Hong Kong company that sold 600 million litres of contraband fuel, enough to fill roughly 3.8 million barrels, District Court heard earlier.

8 Feb 2013 - 4:35pm

Talking points

Beijing residents have a last chance to comment on draft pollution-control regulations.

Beijing residents have a last chance today to comment on draft pollution-control regulations intended to help clean up the capital's suffocating smog. 

8 Feb 2013 - 3:25am