How to avoid taxes? Chinese smugglers are getting more and more greedy trying to smuggle tech and this case truly takes the cake.
A smuggler was apprehended by Qingmao Port authorities wearing not one, not a hundred but 306 computer CPUs strapped to himself.
One observant Tomshardware editor noticed that the hundreds of CPUs in the photo posted by Chinese customs agents have an IHS marking – could the smuggled CPUs be the coveted AMD Ryzen 7000 series?
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In any case, the smuggler really flew too close to the sun, since, at about 50 grams per CPU, he was carrying around 33 pounds of extra weight – and that alerted the authorities.
China’s People’s Daily reported that the smuggler gave himself away as he “was walking in an abnormal posture,” which makes sense, considering he taped a CPU belt around his waist and a few more CPUs around his legs.
This isn’t a case of illegal importation like those people smuggling Squid Game into North Korea. Instead, it’s a way for smugglers to avoid Chinese mainland VAT on consumer goods, which is 13%, while goods from Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions pay zero tax.
In March, another smuggler tried to sneak 160 Intel CPUs taped to himself – and would have profited handsomely if he weren’t caught, since they retail for more than $500 each.