Frozen seafood smuggling ring busted by China Customs
(Source: Kuaibao, 7 January 2020)
On 7 January 2020, Customs in China cracked a frozen seafood smuggling case involving more than 200 million yuan (28.8 million U.S. dollars) where more than 20 tonnes of frozen seafood were seized (See Pictures 1 & 2).
Last year, Beijing Customs received a tip-off about frozen shrimp and fish from Vietnam and South America being smuggled into China.
As the case was related to other parts of China, Beijing collaborated with their colleagues in Nanjing, Shenzhen and Zhanjiang, Jinan and Qingdao which ultimately resulted in the arrest of 15 people on 7 January 2020 (See Picture 3).
In addition to frozen seafood, Customs seized stamps and other physical documentary evidence (See Picture 4).
The media article, published on social media in China, mentions warnings from Customs on the continued crackdown on smuggling and points out the serious impact that smuggling may have to consumers due to food safety amongst other issues.