We have been talked about Hong Kong’s lucrative grey market for many years, and there are tons of coverages about how the iPhone smuggled across border. According to Hong Kong’s local newspaper AppleDaily, Hong Kong Customs had busted a lorry that contained 4 million HKD of electronics goods, including 227 iPhone 5, 22 iPads, 308 old cellphones and 1,514 LCD monitors, at Lok Ma Chau’s control point.
There’re three border checkpoints between Hong Kong and China — Lo Wu, Lok Ma Chau and Huanggang Port. Lo Wu is the most popular control point where the most vigorous smuggling activities are. Smuggling organization hired students, mothers and scalpers to carry iPhones and iPads to walk through Lo Wu’s control point. But as the customs security at Lo Wu’s control point gets more tighten than before, smuggling organization tends to use cars, lorry, tour buses and all sorts of vehicles to smuggle goods through Lok Ma Chau’s control point..
Smuggling goods across borders become more difficult than before. Other than government’s crackdown, Apple also has plan on demolishing the grey market business, and the opening of the new Shenzhen Apple Store is Apple’s latest move to combat smugglers and scalpers.
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