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Customs seizes HK$22.5 m worth of cigarettes

17 Aug 2012


Hong Kong Customs smashed a transshipment smuggling case with the seizure of 9 million sticks of duty-not-paid cigarettes on August 14. The illicit cigarettes were worth about HK$22.5 million with a duty potential of about HK$15.3 million.
Through risk assessment, Customs officers of the Harbour and River Trade Division picked a 40-foot container declared to contain 253 packages of women’s apparel and trousers from a river trade vessel for examination. The container was destined for Jamaica.
Customs officers found the consignment was camouflaged with 40 cartons of toilet paper and a total of 9 million sticks of illicit cigarettes were found at the back of the container

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