Hong Kong Customs authorities have seized a shipment of the Singapore Armed Forces ' (SAF) Terrex infantry carrier vehicles (ICVs) for routine inspections.

Nine Terrex ICVs were held at Hong Kong's Kwai Chung Container Terminal while customs officials inspected the permits and declarations of SAF's shipping contractor, APL.

The vehicles are to be used by the SAF in routine overseas training.

APL was required to declare equipment in the ship's cargo manifest and obtain the necessary permits required to travel through ports, the Singapore Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a statement.

The contractor and the Singapore Consulate General in Hong Kong have worked with the authorities to resolve the issue.

"APL was required to declare equipment in the ship's cargo manifest and obtain the necessary permits required to travel through ports."

The Terrex ICVs and equipment have been moved to the Hong Kong Customs depot at the River Trade Terminal.

Opened during the inspection, the containers have now been resealed by Hong Kong Customs, the statement said.

According to the MoD, all commercial shipping lines used by the SAF are required to comply with stringent requirements for protection against equipment theft and tampering.

The Singapore Armed Forces will acquire at least 135 Terrex ICVs to replace its V-00 armoured vehicles.

Image: Terrex infantry carrier vehicle. Photo: courtesy of Limkopi.