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Kaohsiung Customs Seizes 26 Tons of Smuggled Dried Mushrooms

Deep in the night of March 8, 2018, Kaohsiung Customs seized a 40’ container of smuggled dried mushrooms and pressed mushroom shreds without receiving any prior confidential report of smuggling. A total of 1,032 cartons with a weight of 26 tons, these smuggled goods were estimated at a market value of around NT$27 million in total. According to Kaohsiung Customs, some officers were screening manifests when two 40' containers of goods imported from Vietnam, shipped by the vessel YM Intelligent owned by Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp., were found suspicious. These containers held imported goods declared as Wooden Powder. During the inspection conducted at Wharf No. 69 of Kaohsiung Port, one of the 40’ containers was found to contain dried mushrooms, which were obviously not in conformity with the information entered in the shipping documents. Consequently, this case was handled pursuant to Customs Anti-smuggling Act.

 

Mr. Chin-Piao Chen, Director of Kaohsiung Customs, indicated that if the smuggled mushrooms, which have not been quarantined, are sold in the market, the health of the general public will be in jeopardy. As Qingming Festival and Dragon Boat Festival are just around the corner, food ingredients such as dried mushrooms are urgently needed for the occasions. Therefore, unscrupulous vendors have been tempted to smuggle agricultural products to gain profits, making use of cargo ships which frequently travel back and forth to Southeast Asia. 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.

 

Cargo carriers and seafarers are reminded to familiarize themselves with related laws and regulations in order to prevent any law violation. In the meantime, it is urged that citizens should enhance their alertness so as not to buy any agricultural products of questionable sources since those products might be harmful to their health. 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: +886-7-562-8201

 

  • Publish Date:2018-03-15
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