North District Parallel Imports Concern Group has a new activity on this Sunday.
According to their fb page, North District Parallel Imports Concern Group (the Group) has decided to hold a shopping day for its members to learn more about the latest status on smugglers’ activities and their stocking locations. The officers of the Group will bring participants to survey a major distribution point in Sheung Shui, shop on San Kung Street, practice how to squat and sort your suitcase, and learn how to litter, then dismiss at San Kung Street. Attending members have been requested to wear the Group uniform for identification purpose. As the Group is a registered society and this is an internal activity. So it is not within the control of Group if other people follow the activity.
Sheung Shui Shopping Day (Internal Activity)
North District Parallel Imports Concern Group
Date: 2014-04-13 (Sunday)
Time: 15:30 -18:30
Meeting Point : Sheung Shui Railway Station Exit C
As usual, whenever the Group has activities, news about smugglers being arrested will appear beforehand. On April 10, the customs office at Lo Wu Control Point arrested 7 people including 3 teenagers of 14 years old for violating the two-can limit rule, which restricts that anyone is not allowed to take more than two cans of milk powder (about 1.8 kg total) outside the region, according to Oriental Daily. Meanwhile, the Immigrant Department, joint with the Hong Kong SAR Police, mounted another Windsand operation in Sheung Shui and arrested 30 Chinese visitors comprising 11 men and 19 women, aged from 21 to 60, at San Wan Road, Po Wan Road, Ka Fu Close and Shek Wu Hui Jockey Club Playground, for breaching their conditions of stay by being involved in smuggling goods including milk powder, diapers, red wine, foods, cosmetics, daily necessities and car components there, according to the government press release.
Teenagers involves in smuggling are not unheard before. Days ago, a secondary school girl was spotted smuggling milk powder by the Group. She was carrying 4 boxes of powder milk each 800g. The incident was then reported by Oriental Daily on 2014/04/03. Source: NDPICG
Child Abuse! Children are involved in smuggling activities! @ Sheung Shui Station, 2014/03/26. Source: NDPICG
A busy smugglers’ distribution point. This may be one of the targets of the Windsand operation. @ Cambridge Plaza, San Wan Road, Sheung Shui on 2014/04/09 17:49. Source: NDPICG
The items listed above do not include computers.
Smugglers put old mobile computers into backpacks, sneak them into the train station platform, distribute them to cross-border couriers for smuggling them back to China. @ Sheung Shui Station Exit D2 on 2014/04/10 10:58. Source: NDPICG
And also, the report does not mention anyone violating CAP 296A.
Chapter 296A. RESERVED COMMODITIES (CONTROL OF IMPORTS, EXPORTS AND RESERVE STOCKS) REGULATIONS.
Prohibition of export of reserved commodities except under licence.
(1) Subject to paragraph (2), no person shall export from Hong Kong any reserved commodity except under an export licence issued by the Director.
(2) No export licence shall be required in respect of any reserved commodity exported from Hong Kong in the personal luggage of a person solely for his own consumption or as gifts, in an amount not exceeding 15 kg. (L.N. 336 of 1981)
(L.N. 336 of 1981)
Smuggling Thailand rice at Choi Yuen Plaza platform. South Asians with vans PF9312, ED9066 have organized a large group of smugglers for smuggling rices. When the vans arrives, the smugglers rush out to grab rice. One South Asian even distributes a large amount of rice at the back of a restaurant. Those Chinese housewives fill the baby cart with rice. They may have already violated CAP296A. @ Choi Yuen Plaza, Sheung Shui on 2014/04/07 13:18. Source: NDPICG
Video: China-India Smuggling Rice together. 2014/04/11. Is this a new trade route “the Rice Road?”
Video: Distributing Rice and Starch to Smugglers by South Asians with a van PF9312 at Choi Yuen Estate, Sheung Shui on 2014/03/11
Rice vans PF9312, ED9066. Source: Mr Lau Koon Tsuen
It is not sure if the authority has found Jenny Bakery cookies. According to a report from Next Media, Jenny Bakery themselves operate unlicensed workshops to produce cookies for smugglers for selling to China, but announce to the public that those cookies selling on shopping websites are counterfeit. Another thing for sure, Jenny Bakery has no branch in Sheung Shui. How come its cookies were spotted in Sheung Shui?
Smuggling Jenny Bakery cookie. @ Sheung Shui station platform on 2014/04/07. Source: Ken Lee
A police car and a pallet of Yakult parked on the road. Source: Mr. Lau Koon Tsuen.
Milk powder “buyers” at Shenzhen. Source: Mary Jean Reimer’s Facebook