Chinese iPhone Supplier Caught Using Housewives to Smuggle iOS Devices
One of Chinaís largest iOS device suppliers, Lanyou Shuma, was recently tried in court for evading taxes by smuggling iPhones into the country. It was discovered that over the past two years, Lanyou Shuma managed to smuggle over $80 million worth of iPhones into China. The most interesting part of it all is that they did all this by having what looked like typical housewives smuggle them into Hong Kong.
The smugglers were typically described as housewives who frequently travel to Hong Kong. They were supposedly paid roughly 20 to 30 yuan in commission for each iPhone the brought back to the mainland. The devices were typically hidden under clothing or strapped to the woman in a way that would conceal them while on the flight. The main reason suppliers like Lanyou Shuma smuggled iPhones into the country in the first place was to avoid import and other kinds of taxes that they would otherwise have to pay on merchandise. As of right now, a total of 26 defendants were arrested on charges of smuggling phones into the country. It hasnít yet been confirmed if all of them worked for the same supplier though.
The Chinese government started taking the import and export of devices like the iPhone and iPad more seriously over the last few years. The government has gone as far as even taxing individuals who have iPads and iPhones imported for personal use as opposed to business.
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