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Terrex seizure: Timeline of events

Terrex seizure: Timeline of events
Nine eight-wheeled Singapore-made Terrex infantry carrier vehicles are detained at a container terminal in Hong Kong. Source: FactWire News Agency
Published: 7:10 PM, January 24, 2017
Updated: 8:19 PM, January 24, 2017

Nov 23, 2016 – Hong Kong customs seizes nine Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles belonging to Singapore, holds them at Hong Kong’s Kwai Chung Container Terminal

Nov 25 – Team from Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) arrives in Hong Kong to try and resolve the matter. China says it noticed the news reports of the seized military vehicles and is verifying them

Nov 26 – SAF team meets with representatives from shipping contractor APL to assess the situation

Singapore’s Defence Ministry (Mindef) says shipment has been shifted to Hong Kong customs’ cargo examination compound at River Trade Terminal

Nov 29 – APL meets with Hong Kong authorities to discuss the matter, the first of three meetings. Mindef gives update after seven-hour meeting: SAF team in Hong Kong observed Hong Kong customs adding security guards who are stationed 24-hours at site housing the Terrexes

Dec 1 – APL and Hong Kong customs hold second meeting

Dec 6 – APL and Hong Kong customs hold third meeting. Still no formal reasons given by the authorities for the seizure. Hong Kong’s Customs and Excise Department says it has moved the Terrexes indoors, after local media reports there say they have disappeared from original holding area

Dec 23 – Mindef says Singapore Government has conveyed its “formal position” to its Hong Kong counterpart on the detention of the vehicles

Dec 30 – Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen says in a Facebook post that SAF has changed its practices to better protect its military assets. He adds that all levels of the Singapore Government have been working hard to get the armoured vehicles back home

Jan 9, 2017 – Dr Ng says in Parliament that Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had written to Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to request the immediate return of the vehicles. The Hong Kong authorities had responded that investigation is ongoing and would take some time to complete, and that the Hong Kong government would handle the matter in accordance with their laws

Jan 24 – Mr Leung replies to Mr Lee’s earlier letter to inform him that investigations have been completed, and the SAF vehicles and other equipment will be returned to the Singapore Government