American President Lines, captain convicted over Singapore troop carrier shipment

Monday, April 29, 2019

The District Court found mainland ship captain, Pan Xuejun, 40, along with Singapore headquartered shipping company, American President Lines Limited, guilty today of importing strategic commodities without a license.

On November 23, 2016, customs officers in a routine check found nine Singapore-made Terrex armored troop carriers on the cargo ship APL Qatar, which was sailing from Kaohsiung to Singapore when it docked in Hong Kong.

According to the information provided by the shipping company, the nine troop carriers are worth S$25.2 million (HK$136 million). All nine military vehicles were shipped to Singapore on January 26, 2017.

The Singapore Foriegn Ministry said at the time that Hong Kong's then chief executive Leung Chun-ying responded to a letter from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, informing him that investigations had been completed, and the Terrex vehicles and other equipment would be returned to Singapore.

Also, the Customs and Excise chief, Roy Tang, said  that the vehicles were seized  because “there was a suspected breach of the Hong Kong law.''

“Hong Kong is committed to complying with international standards of strategic trade control, and Hong Kong implements a robust control system to achieve it. Import, export and transshipment/transit of strategic commodities in breach of licensing requirement are criminal offenses punishable under the Hong Kong law,” he said in a statement.-Photo: Straits Times