Hong Kong customs officials have seized at least 9 armored military vehicles that were on board a cargo ship from Taiwan that was bound for Singapore.
A source told SCMP that this is likely one of the biggest seizures of strategic commodities in the two decades since Hong Kong was handed back over to China. The exact details of the shipment are still under investigation and it’s not clear why the cargo was unloaded in Hong Kong since that was not its final destination. The source said that it is possible it had been unloaded by mistake. Meanwhile, a Fact Wire report claims that customs officers were tipped off.
Investigators are still trying to determine the owner, sender and consignee of the cargo. Apple Daily reports that the containers had been shipped from Kaohsiung. Obviously, a license is needed to ship strategic commodities like military equipment overseas. Not having one could result in an unlimited fine and seven years in prison.
The seizure occurred at the Kwai Chung terminal on Wednesday. Certainly making life more interesting for Hong Kong customs officers who usually seize foreign cigs or fake oranges.
[Images via Apple Daily]
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