A man hoarding 160 Intel CPUs caught by Chinese Customs is being called ‘Walking CPU’ after a recent incident. China takes strict action against illegally imported CPUs.
According to recent news , a few days back the Chinese customs officers had caught a huge import of XFX Radeon RX graphics cards. The cards were mislabeled to avoid high import tax. The Customs officers confiscated as many as 5840 graphics cards worth around 3M USD. It has now been revealed that not just AMD products are illegally imported into China.
Reports state that customs authorities caught a man walking suspiciously on the port. The authorities claim to have found around 160 processors, which primarily included Intel 11th Gen and 12th Gen Core CPUs, tied to his body.
Some reports also claim that the person, now being called as “Walking CPU” or “CPU-Man” also had 16 folder mobile phones along. There has been no mention of the mobile phone companies though.
[Walking CPU] On March 9, the gate customs seized an entry case of a passenger hiding a central processing unit (CPU). 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. At present, the case has been further processed in accordance with relevant regulations. The customs reminds that the luggage items that individuals bring in and out of the country should be limited to their own use and a reasonable quantity, and should be subject to customs supervision. For those who evade customs supervision by means of personal concealment or item storage, which constitute smuggling, the customs will investigate legal responsibility according to law.
— Chinese Customs Office
Smuggling of CPUs is not something that we never heard of before. In 2021, a Chinese man illegally transported a whopping 304 CPUs. Those CPUs , however, were mainly LGA1155 CPUs which are smaller in size than the Alder Lake LGA1700.
The smuggling may increase once AMD releases its LGA AM5 socket at the end of 2022, though.