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More HZMB private car quotas set

The governments of Hong Kong and Macau have agreed to increase the regular quotas for Hong Kong cross-boundary non-commercial private cars using the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Macau, the Transport Department announced today.   The decision was made to enhance traffic flow between Hong Kong and Macau, better utilising the bridge, the department said.   It will increase the Hong Kong quota by 1,000, following the earlier quota allocation of 1,800 for Hong Kong.   The additional quota will be distributed in two phases from the second quarter.   Half of the additional 1,000 quota allocations is for company applicants and the other half is for individual applicants. The quotas are valid for no more than three years. The eligibility criteria of quota applications remains the same.   Private cars allocated with Hong Kong quotas will be permitted to access the city of Macau multiple times using the bridge.   The Hong Kong quota allotments will be re-allocated upon expiry thro

$55m controlled medicines seized

Customs today said it detected a case of attempted illegal export of suspected controlled medicines worth about $55 million and arrested several people.   In the operation mounted from September 28 to October 5, customs officers seized about 1.6 million tablets of the controlled medicines at the Hong Kong International Airport, a post office and an industrial unit in Hung Hom and a logistics centre in Sheung Wan.   Over 70% of the seizures were controlled virility products and five people believed to be connected to the case were arrested.   Initial investigation revealed that the arrestees might have laundered the crime proceeds through fund transfers via bank accounts and money service operators to conceal the crime proceeds from overseas areas.   Customs believes it has smashed a syndicate that tried to illegally export controlled medicines, which also involved money laundering of about $20 million in crime proceeds.   People may call 2545 6182 or send an email to crimereport@customs.gov.hk to report suspected illicit activities.
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