Alarm Systems Installed at Checkpoints to Help Deter Parallel Traders
Online purchase agents and parallel traders are starting to feel the impact coming from the installation of a lighting alarm system at the e-channels and entry counters at Shenzhen border checkpoints. When an inbound traveler entered Shenzhen for three times within a day a red light will turn on, then customs officers will request the traveler for a thorough check on the goods he is bringing or carrying into the city.
Furthermore the ceiling value of tax free goods of a third time inbound is allowed to carry is lowered from 5,000 yuan to 500 yuan. Goods worth not more than 5,000 yuan are usually exempted from declarations and taxes at the border. A online purchase agent shop on Taobao recently reduced the amount of good that are carried into Shenzhen per trip. The online shop helps mainland customers in buying luxury items from brands in Hong Kong. Their goods were normally not seized by customs officers since they only carry a small amount but they said that some parallel traders have their goods seized by customs officers.
The alarm systems are installed at several checkpoints namely Futian, Luohu, Huanggang, Shaotoujiao and Shenzhen Bay in Shenzhen and Gongbei Checkpoint in Zhuhai. As of the moment the alarm system is on a trial basis and no time table is released for the expansion of the system. The system is part of a cooperation deal between border inspection department and customs in their efforts to deter parallel traders.
Those caught acting as parallel traders will be blacklisted and denied visas to Hong Kong. Shenzhen residents issued multi entry visas to Hong Kong will not be affected as long as they will not bring in any excessive amounts of goods.