Customs call time on watch smugglers

Shanghai Customs officers have taken action against 18 suspects who allegedly smuggled more than 1,500 watches worth over 210 million yuan.

Shanghai Customs officers have apprehended 18 suspects who allegedly smuggled more than 1,500 luxury watches worth over 210 million yuan (US$30 million).

Ma, 37, found a job at a French luxury goods group after getting a master's degree in France and made the acquaintance of many wealthy customers. He resigned in 2008 and opened two companies on his return to China. He ran a store downtown and smuggled luxury watches to stock his store.

Another suspect, Wang, had worked in luxury watch sales for more than a decade before opening a store with his wife and smuggling watches.

Since December 2016, the two bought watches of Patek Philippe, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Rolex from Lin who lived in Hong Kong. The watches were smuggled to Shenzhen and then mailed to Shanghai.

After a 5-month investigation, Shanghai Customs dispatched 200 officers between January 8 and 9 and detained 18 suspects seizing 41 watches. Over 1,500 watches are involved at a total value of 213 million yuan.


Customs call time on watch smugglers
Zhang Jie / Ti Gong

Shanghai Customs officers have seized 41 watches.

Customs call time on watch smugglers
Zhang Jie / Ti Gong

Compulsory measures were imposed on 18 suspects.

Customs call time on watch smugglers
Zhang Jie / Ti Gong
Customs call time on watch smugglers
Zhang Jie / Ti Gong
Customs call time on watch smugglers
Zhang Jie / Ti Gong
Special Reports
Top