From: South China Morning Post
- Contraband, with estimated street value of HK$54 million, would have cost the government HK$38 million in taxes
- Most of it thought to have come from mainland China
About HK$54 million (US$6.9 million) worth of contraband cigarettes were seized in the first 11 months of 2018, up more than 50 per cent year on year.
That was up on the 189 storage facilities raided in the same period last year, with the seizure of 13 million duty-not-paid cigarettes. Those hauls had an estimated street value of HK$35 million, with tax potential of HK$24.7 million.
A law enforcement source said most contraband cigarettes found in the city were smuggled from mainland China.