Customs agents arrested three Hong Kong students at Shenzhen’s Luohu Port last week for trying to smuggle pairs of Google Glass across the border, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.
The three were found to be carrying a pair of Google Inc.’s latest smart device each in their bags without declaring them at the Customs desk, where it is subject to a 10 percent goods tax. Shenzhen Customs have had eight cases of Google Glass smuggling since the device was launched on April 15.
The students, aged 16 to 19, were wearing their school uniforms and casually chatting with each other when they were stopped by customs officers, Southern Metropolis Daily reported. Upon interrogation, the students admitted they just wanted to earn a little commission from their mainland contacts. Customs records showed the three have crossed the border quite frequently.
A pair of Google Glass sells for HK$16,000 (US$2,064.07) locally, but fetches about 20,000 yuan or HK$25,000 on the mainland, a Hong Kong retailer was quoted as saying.
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