Hong Kong’s new customs chief said Thursday that the smuggling of Australian spiny lobsters into mainland China was a national security threat.
Red shrimp is one of many products from Australia China Due to the plunge in relations between countries, we restricted imports.
However, they remain highly regarded and highly sought after delicacies in mainland China.
Imports of Australian spiny lobsters into Hong Kong, which has no crustacean restrictions, have skyrocketed since then, and it is suspected that the majority will reach the mainland dining table.
Louise Ho was announced Thursday as the city’s new customs director. This was the first woman to take that position.
At her first press conference, she explained why red shrimp is one of her priorities to protect China’s national security.
“On the surface, it’s a simple matter of smuggling red shrimp, but these activities undermine our trade restrictions on Australia,” Ho told reporters.
“Stopping smuggling of red-spotted shrimp is a very important part of protecting national security, so we pursue it enthusiastically.”
Speedboat smuggling of goods has been the mainstay of triad organized crime gangs operating on both sides of the border for years, but this phenomenon surged during the coronavirus pandemic.
Police embarked on a crackdown last month after a naval officer was killed when a ship collided with a smuggler during high-speed pursuit.
Red shrimp is just one of the treasure trove of high-demand goods that gangs smuggle into China.
Modern speedboat smuggling busts remove everything from luxury watches, handbags and shoes to endangered animal parts, cosmetics, wine, whiskey and cigars.
Last week, Hong Kong and mainland authorities seized 5,300 kilograms of smuggled Australian red shrimp worth about US $ 540,000 and arrested 13 people.
In June, Bloomberg reported that Hong Kong became Australia’s largest importer of lobster in the world, with monthly trade increasing by more than 2,000% from October to April.
Mr Ho also said customs officials would aggressively block the influx of rebel propaganda at the border, even if the content looked harmless.
China cracked down in Hong Kong two years ago after the city was shaken by large, often violent democratic protests.
It outlawed many objections last year and imposed a national security law empowering authorities to track what is considered a threat to China.
Smuggling Australian spiny lobsters into China is a national security threat, says Hong Kong Customs and Excise. | Hong Kong
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