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Kaohsiung Customs Seizes Smuggled Dried Mushrooms from China

75215592071.jpgOn April 26, 2017, Kaohsiung Customs seized a container of smuggled dried mushrooms without receiving any prior confidential report of smuggling. Kaohsiung Customs officers were screening manifests, as required by the risk management procedures, when a 40' container of goods imported from Hong Kong was found suspicious. This container held imported goods declared as Bamboo. During the inspection, about 7,511 kilograms of dried mushrooms and about 10,240 kilograms of dried mushroom shreds were found. The estimated market value of these smuggled goods is around NT$15 million in total. These goods had neither been listed in the manifest nor in the shipping documents. Therefore, all of the goods were detained as detailed by related regulations, and transferred to other authorities for further legal actions.

Kaohsiung Customs said that as the Dragon Boat Festival is just around the corner, and that food ingredients such as dried mushrooms are urgently needed for the occasion, unscrupulous vendors have been tempted to smuggle low-priced mushrooms from China. Mr. Shan-Ju Chen, Director of Kaohsiung Customs, indicated that smuggled agricultural products which have not been quarantined might contain toxins harmful to human health. If these products are sold in the market, the health of the general public will be at jeopardy. In order to protect domestic agriculture and to ensure food safety for the people, the Customs authority has spared no effort in combating the prohibited goods, successfully stamping out the illegal activity.

The public is encouraged to report any suspected smuggling activities to the Customs by calling the toll-free number: 0800-711117.

News Contact: Ms. Lock
Tel: 07-562-8201

  • Publish Date:2017-05-02
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