Customs has made a series of wood smuggling busts involving ‘red gold’. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
Customs has made a series of wood smuggling busts involving ‘red gold’. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
Crime

Hong Kong customs seizes HK$10 million worth of protected wood weighing nearly 2 tonnes

  • Shipments of endangered red sandalwood were bound for mainland China for use in luxury furniture and carvings, source suggests
  • Smuggling the wood – known as ‘red gold’ for the high price it commands – carries maximum jail sentence of 10 years

Customs has made a series of wood smuggling busts involving ‘red gold’. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
Customs has made a series of wood smuggling busts involving ‘red gold’. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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