Customs joint operation with Macao seizes HK$110mn smuggled goods
Hong Kong Customs and Macao Customs mounted a joint enforcement operation in June to combat sea smuggling. They seized smuggled goods including expensive food ingredients, red wine, electronic products and cash, with a total estimated market value of over HK$110 million.
The two Customs administrations believed that criminals had switched to using river trade vessels to smuggle goods from Hong Kong to the mainland via Macao to evade detection by law enforcement agencies.
Through intelligence exchanges with Hong Kong, Macao Customs on June 16 intercepted a target vessel that departed from Hong Kong for Macao and seized a batch of suspected smuggled goods, including expensive food ingredients and electronic products, with an estimated market value of about HK$65 million on board the vessel. Two men, aged 40 and 69, suspected to be connected with the case were arrested.
Hong Kong Customs then intercepted a river trade vessel heading to Macao in the western waters of Hong Kong through intelligence analysis on June 18. A batch of suspected smuggled goods, worth about HK$22 million, were seized on board. That included over 20,000 bottles of red wines, beauty needles, powdered formulas, and some 10,000 electronic products.
In addition, officers found that smugglers used a container of the vessel to smuggle cash and seized about HK$23 million. Two men, aged 45 and 76, suspected to be connected with the case were arrested.
An investigation is ongoing and the likelihood of further arrests is not ruled out.