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Hong Kong Customs conducted special operations against illicit cigarette activities.

As a result, 920,000 sticks of illicit cigarettes were seized. The total market value was about HK$2.4 million (US$310,000) with a duty potential of around HK$1.8 million (US$232,000). The way used by illicit cigarette offenders was telephone ordering and distributing leaflets to targeted customers.

The special operations are ongoing.

The telephone ordering is the predominant means of transaction in this illicit market. Offenders attempt to employ a special operation mode to evade Customs' detection, but Customs adopts strategies with the aim to smash illegal selling and distribution of this good by telephone ordering, thereby intercepting the supply chain from source to the retail level.

Until now, Customs detected a total of 146 suspected illicit cigarette cases involving telephone ordering with seizure of 1.9 million sticks of cigarettes: a significant number if compared with last year.

Now, Customs will continue to closely monitor the situation and conduct enforcement action to prevent these illegal activities.


The gLAWcal Team

LIBEAC project

Monday, 1 September 2014

(Source: Asia IP Law)

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy and the University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy which are both beneficiaries of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Liberalism in Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC) coordinated by Aix-Marseille University (CEPERC). This work has been realized in the framework of Workpackages 4, coordinated by University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy.