The Customs and Excise Department
, ) is a government agency responsible for the protection of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
against smuggling; the protection and collection of Government
revenue on dutiable
goods; the detection and deterrence of drug
trafficking and abuse of controlled drug
; the protection of intellectual property rights
; the protection of consumer interests; and the protection and facilitation of legitimate trade and upholding Hong Kong’s trading integrity .
Originally, Hong Kong Customs
was Import and Export Management Predecessor
, was founded in 1909, initially it was responsible for the main revenue protection work. In 1949, Import and Export Management and Supplies Department
, The Department of Trade
and Industry Department
merged into the Department of Trade and Industry
. Trade and Industry Department
in 1962 set up Revenue Service
. In 1977, it was renamed The Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department
. On 1 August 1982, The Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department
became independent from Trade and Industry Department
The department is headed by the Commissioner of Customs and Excise
. As at 1 April 2004, the department has an establishment of 4 931 posts, of which nine are directorate officers, 3 804 are members of the Customs and Excise Service, 504 are Trade Controls Officers and 614 are staff of the General and Common Grades.
There are five branches:
The Administration and Excise...