Smugglers used low-tech – a crossbow, a wire,
and a winch – to illegally ferry high-tech
Apple products across the Chinese border.
To avoid paying taxes, a group used a crossbow to shoot a line close to 1,000 feet from a house in Shenzen, China to the 21st floor of a high rise in Hong Kong. They attached a bag to the wire and used a pulley system to ferry iPads and iPhones across the river. Why? To avoid paying the 20% import fee.
Chinese news report
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