Shenzhen customs seize smuggled iPhone 7

By Lin Liyao
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A smuggler is shown with over 20 iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus units taped around his waist and ankles. [Photo/]

Shenzhen customs seized over 400 smuggled iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus worth more than 3 million yuan (US$449,727) on the new model's release day.

According to Huanggang customs office, the first smuggler was arrested at about 1 p.m. on Sept. 16 while attempting to bring five newly-released iPhones from Hong Kong to Shenzhen through Futian Port.

Then, within a half-hour from 18:30 p.m. to 19:00 p.m., customs agents seized 190 iPhones from seven smugglers. All the smart phones were taped around the smugglers' waists, ankles and on their bellies and legs, with 20 to 30 iPhones on each person.

Huanggang customs officers said the cellphone is one of 20 commodities not exempted from taxes. Passengers carrying the iPhone 7 into the Chinese Mainland (one set per person) should declare the article to customs and pay at least 15 percent in tax.

Customs plan to sell the smuggled iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus phones through public auction. All eligible companies and individuals will have opportunities to buy them, and the proceeds will be turned to the State treasury.

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