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Hong Kong hands guilty verdict to APL master over controversial Singapore military shipment

A long running court case came to a close Monday in Hong Kong with the Chinese master and boxline APL found guilty of bringing nine Singaporean military vehicles from Taiwan into Hong Kong without a proper licence two and a half years ago. APL, now part of CMA CGM, faces a fine while the master, Pan Xuejun, could receive a jail term of up to seven years.

Customs officials found the nine Terex armoured vehicles onboard the APL Qatar in November 2016. They had been used by Singapore defence forces in a military training exercise in Taiwan and were being shipped back home, but were found to not have the right papers for being shipped through Hong Kong.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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