The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) has announced that it has completed the serviceability checks and maintenance of Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles (ICVs) and other equipment.
The SAF wrote on a Facebook post that the ICVs and equipment will be deployed for training shortly.
The ICVs and other equipment had earlier arrived in Singapore on 30 January at 2.40pm.
The Terrex ICVs were seized by the Hong Kong customs at Hong Kong’s Kwai Chung Container Terminal on 23 November on their way to Singapore from the Taiwanese port of Kaohsiung and had been stored at Tuen Mun River Trade Terminal for most of the two months.
They were detained in Hong Kong for what the city’s Customs authority said was a suspected licensing breach.
The vehicles were released after the Customs and Exercise Department completed an investigation, which revealed that Singapore government could not be held responsible as it was only the consignee of the vehicles. The shipping company, however, could potentially face criminal prosecution.
The shipment was handled by APL, the company which initially handled the shipping from Taiwan back to Singapore after a military exercise.
Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister of Defence had earlier noted that the decision to return the Terrex ICVs is “a positive outcome” and that it “reflects good and friendly relations between the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China and Singapore.