Man With 160 Intel CPU’s Strapped To His Body Charged With Smuggling
In an event that Chinese customs officials have declared as smuggling, a Chinese national has been caught entering China with 160 of Intel’s latest processors strapped to his body.
The customs office declared that they found numerous 11th and 12th gen Alder Lake Intel CPU chips strapped to the man’s abdomen, waist, and legs.
It is assumed that the man sought to smuggle the chips in to avoid import tariffs.
Internationally there is a shortage of CPU chips due to a dwindling supply of semi-conductors, thanks to the pandemic, high demand, production issues, scalpers, and cryptocurrency miners. As a result, the smuggling and sale of computer components is an increasingly lucrative business.
This is not the first time in recent days that an event like this has occurred. Chinese officials only days ago intercepted the illegal smuggling of AMD Radeon GPU’s.
The most recent chip smuggler, who has been nicknamed “CPU-Man” or the “Walking CPU” was spotted due to his abnormal posture and walk.
The Chinese Customs office stated that “At about 1 a.m. that day, a man named Zeng entered the country through the customs ‘no declaration channel’ at the travel inspection site of Gongbei Port…Customs officers found that his walking posture was abnormal and stopped him for inspection. After further inspection, customs officers seized a total of 160 CPUs and a total of 16 folded mobile phones tied with tape on the inner side of his calf, waist, and abdomen.”
China’s laws state that individuals are allowed to bring items “limited to their own use and a reasonable quantity,” and that any evasion of customs legislation qualifies as smuggling.
In the AMD GPU case from only days before, the smuggler attempted to bring in as many as 5,840 cards, with a value of $3 million. The cards were incorrectly labelled in an effort to avoid import taxes, according to Chinese Import Officials.
The global semiconductor shortage that is fuelling these smuggling cases affects much more than the PC parts industry. The motoring, gaming, and other electronics industries have been heavily impacted. Scalpers have thrived off of the shortage, charging customers insanely more than RRP. TheVerge.com reported that NVIDIA RTX 3090 GPU’s, which are listed at $1,499 USD, are selling for $2,947 as of November 2021, an increase of 197%.
Companies like AMD and NVIDIA have implemented methods of making their products less desirable to crypto miners, such as cards with anti-mining flags and limits. Furthermore, companies such as BMW have been forced to limit their optional extras, and push back specific models due to the chip shortage.