How is it Hong Kong Customs’ business to enforce China’s trade policies?

According to this news report, Customs officers have caught a truck driver trying to “smuggle” iPhones to China.

As a free port,¬†anyone can bring in and take out of Hong Kong pretty much whatever they like. In fact, that is one of reasons Mainland Chinese find it such an attractive place to come and buy stuff. So why is this truck driver arrested for taking iPhones out of the territory when pretty much everyone else does the exact same thing all the time. You just need to look at all the Mainland travelers on the MTR or at the airport with bags full of Apple products. Is this an effort to help the Chinese side better enforce their customs regime? Why should that be any of Hong Kong’s business? Why do Hong Kong taxpayers have to pay for such enforcement?

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