Frozen meat seized

Hong Kong Customs, on the 21st of January, mounted an anti-smuggling operation in the western waters of Hong Kong and detected a suspected smuggling case involving a cargo vessel. About 60 tonnes of suspected smuggled frozen meat, with an estimated market value of about HK$12 million, were seized.

Customs spotted a suspicious cargo vessel in the waters off Hong Kong International Airport in the early morning. Several men on the cargo vessel were unloading goods onto a high-powered speedboat. Customs officers immediately took action and intercepted the cargo vessel. The batch of suspected smuggled frozen meat was seized on board the vessel.

During the operation, seven men aged between 25 and 68, suspected to be connected to the case, were arrested. An investigation is ongoing.

Customs stresses that it will keep up its enforcement action and will continue to fiercely combat sea smuggling activities through proactive risk management and intelligence-based enforcement strategies, along with mounting targeted anti-smuggling.

Smuggling is a serious offence. Under the Import and Export Ordinance, any person found guilty of importing or exporting unmanifested cargo is liable to a maximum fine of HK$2 million and imprisonment for seven years.

The public may report any suspected smuggling activities to Customs' 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (

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