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Nanjing customs thwarts US frozen food smugglers

By Du Haitao (People's Daily)

15:13, November 29, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

The Zhangjiagang customs department under the city of Nanjing has solved four major frozen food smuggling cases involving a total of 333 million yuan and arrested 12 criminal suspects within one month.

China has imposed anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tariffs on frozen chicken products imported from the United States since 2010, increasing the total tariff rate to between 70 percent and 100 percent. Some smugglers have sought to take risks given the wide difference prices at home and abroad.

A food firm in Suzhou filed a declaration to Zhangjiagang customs on March 22, 2011 for importing chicken wings from the United States. Customs officials found during routine checks that the importer said that the producer of the chicken products was one U.S. company, while the producer marked on the product packaging was the other. The abnormal difference drew attention of custom officials.

Customs anti-smuggling officials found through investigations that the importer allegedly used means such as providing false certificates of origin and lowering imports prices to evade import tariffs. Thereafter, the customs stepped up investigations and cracked four frozen food smuggling cases with value totaling 156 million yuan as of April 23. Customs is currently working on more than 20 cases of frozen food smuggling.

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