Hong Kong Customs seizes dried shark fins valued at $3 million

Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected dried shark fins

Hong Kong Customs has seized approximately 1,200 kilogrammes of dried shark fins from protected species inside a container.

The shark fins were reportedly discovered at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound and are estimated to be worth $3.3 million.

On 15 February, customs agents picked up a 40-foot seaborne container coming into Hong Kong from Guyana for inspection after conducting a risk assessment.

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A batch of dried shark fins suspected of being listed under the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance was located inside the container.

The case was handed over to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) for follow-up action.

According to Hong Kong Customs, anybody found guilty of importing, exporting, or possessing any endangered species without a valid permit faces a maximum fine of $10 million and a 10-year jail sentence.

In September 2023, Hong Kong Customs discovered two large-scale unlawful cigarette smuggling instances at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound, with an estimated market value of $54 million.

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