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(AUSTRALIA) Hong Kong Customs Report: Earlier this month, new Customs head Louise Ho cited the alleged smuggling of the lobsters to the Chinese mainland as part of a mission to safeguard national security #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.26: On the face of it, it’s just a normal smuggling case, smuggling lobsters. But actually, these smuggling activities would undermine the country’s trade restrictions on Australia,” Ms Ho, who is the wife of Hong Kong’s constitutional and mainland affairs minister Erick Tsang, said.

#AceDailyNews says recently Australian lobsters caught up in ‘national security’ crackdown: Hong Kong and mainland authorities seized about US$540,000 ($720,000) worth of smuggled Australian lobsters believed to be bound for the mainland after China restricted imports of the crustacean amid escalating tensions with Australia as China’s trade war backfire much to the chagrin of the Beijing bureaucracy,

Australian lobsters seized by the Hong Kong Customs
China imposed an unofficial ban imports of Australian lobsters late last year.(AP: Kin Cheung)

Australian trade is booming, driving a rapid turnaround from the COVID-inspired crunch that crippled the global economy last year, writes Ian Verrender.

“Therefore, tackling lobster smuggling activities is an important task in safeguarding national security.”

Hong Kong authorities said its customs and Chinese law enforcement agencies confiscated about 5,300 kilograms of lobsters and arrested 13 people.

The seizure came after a recent surge in the import volume of Australian lobsters to Hong Kong after China imposed an unofficial ban on the imports late last year.

Officials said monthly imports of Australian lobster to Hong Kong have since more than doubled.

China’s lobster ban came after the Australian government pushed for an international investigation into the origins of the coronavirus. China has since blocked trade on other Australian imports, such as wine, barley, cotton and coal.

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#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Oct.26: 2021:

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