China’s customs authorities recently seized an electronic scooter that was being used for smuggling 84 Kingston solid-state drives. The incident was recorded by Qingmao Customs, a subsidiary of Gongbei Customs. Later they reported on the General Administration of Customs WeChat account. Customs officials at the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Cross-Border Industrial Zone discovered the hidden SSDs during a routine scan of the Yadea KS series electric scooter.
The man pushing the scooter seemed like an ordinary traveler, but upon closer inspection, officials discovered the 84 SSDs hidden inside the vehicle’s front. After dismantling the scooter, customs officials found the SSDs cleverly wrapped and placed within the axle. The man was detained and charged with smuggling, as per Chinese regulations.
China has strict rules against the evasion of border taxes and the concealment of goods during transport. Smuggling like this is a criminal offense and can result in severe punishment.
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This is not the first time customs officials at the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge have discovered smuggled goods. In a similar incident last year, officials seized 308 tenth-gen Intel processors worth over ¥800,000, or $123,550. These incidents highlight the efforts of authorities to prevent smuggling across Chinese borders.