Smug­gling of food prod­ucts in­creases

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

The smug­gling of agri­cul­tural prod­ucts, in­clud­ing rice and frozen meat, into China is soar­ing be­cause of the na­tion’s ris­ing food costs, ac­cord­ing to the Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Cus­toms.

Be­tween Jan­uary and March, na­tional cus­toms in­ves­ti­gated 114 cases of smug­gling of agri­cul­tural prod­ucts worth 1.46 bil­lion yuan ($235 mil­lion), ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased by the ad­min­is­tra­tion. That fig­ure rep­re­sents a 10-per­cent in­crease from the to­tal num­ber of smug­gling cases in 2012.

“Huge price dif­fer­ences be­tween China and some for­eign coun­tries, such as some African and South­east Asian coun­tries, and the im­proved pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity and the low cost of la­bor in those coun­tries, have mainly con­trib­uted to the sharp rise in smug­gling,” said Wang Hua, spokes­woman for the Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Cus­toms.

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