Date
21 January 2017
The area around Lok Ma Chau border control point is swamped by empty cardboard boxes left by parallel traders. Photos: am730, Sing Tao Daily
The area around Lok Ma Chau border control point is swamped by empty cardboard boxes left by parallel traders. Photos: am730, Sing Tao Daily

Lok Ma Chau border control point paralyzed by parallel traders

Parallel traders from Shenzhen have been swamping the Lok Ma Chau border control point, hoping to take advantage of the time left on their multiple-entry visas, Sing Tao Daily reported Friday.

Once these travel documents, which allow them unlimited travel to Hong Kong, expire, they will be replaced by new ones that will let them cross the border only once a week.

The traders pick up goods, such as milk powder and medicines, for resale in the mainland.

Police and immigration officers cleared the area around the control point Thursday, but the parallel traders quickly reclaimed their territory after officials left, making passageways inaccessible to citizens, tourists and students, the report said.

The area surrounding the border control point was strewn with empty cardboard boxes the parallel traders left behind.

Cleaners needed to work extra shifts, and it took as many as three garbage trucks to clear the rubbish, the report said.

On Monday, Shenzhen border control authorities announced they would restrict the city’s residents to one visit to Hong Kong a week.

Parallel traders who still have a valid multiple-visit visa are trying to make the most of their expiring travel documents to ferry goods from Hong Kong to Shenzhen.

Meanwhile, the mainland authorities at the Lo Wu and Futian border control points have stepped up their efforts against tax evasion by parallel traders taking goods subject to duty across the border.

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