The Chinese master of an APL ship at the centre of a controversial shipment of armoured vehicles from Taiwan to Singapore appeared in a Hong Kong court today. Pan Xuejun, 39, was charged with one count of importing strategic commodities without the necessary licence. He was released on bail of HK$50,000 ($6,400) with his case adjourned to May 19.
APL, now owned by France’s CMA CGM, found itself at the centre of a diplomatic standoff between Singapore and China when nine armoured vehicles were seized from one its ships in Hong Kong last November while en route to Singapore from Taiwan after a military training exercise.
The seizure of the vehicles last November sparked high-level diplomatic contacts over a two-month period between Singapore and Beijing to eventually get them released.
APL is also facing prosecution, but will appear in court at a later date.