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Chip shortage leads to the destruction of Hong Kong’s $123,000 CPU smuggling

According to reports Hong Kong Environmental Protection AgencyThe Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Customs Department reported that it successfully blocked the last two smuggling attempts involving Intel’s 10th-generation Comet Lake processors, totaling more than US$123,000 in chips.

However, these are not isolated incidents.on July 5In addition, Hong Kong Customs also seized as many as 2,200 CPUs, more than 1,000 memory sticks, about 630 smart phones, and 70 strange cosmetics. The total market value of this smuggling attempt was US$4 million.

The first new incident occurred on June 16, when a Guangdong-Macao truck driver was inspected by customs officers on the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. Upon inspection, the officer found 256 CPUs tied to the upper ribs and lower legs of the driver. The CPUs in question are Intel Core i7-10700 and Core i9-10900K CPUs, valued at approximately RMB 800,000 (approximately USD 123,281).

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Smuggled CPU (Photo source: Hong Kong Customs/HKEPC)
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Smuggled CPU

Smuggled CPU (Photo source: Hong Kong Customs/HKEPC)

The second smuggling attempt occurred at the same location on June 26. A Hong Kong customs officer inspected a bus again and found as many as 52 brand new Intel processors between the driver and front passenger seats.

The shortage of PC components has proved that various components such as CPU, GPU and even HDD are sometimes difficult to purchase. As a result, we have witnessed sharp increases in the prices of GPUs, CPUs and even storage components, pushing MSRP to crazy levels. Unfortunately, when something is valuable and widely reported, even those who are on the wrong side of the law will try to get a share. Given the continuing shortage of chips, we can expect to see more such attempts in the future.

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