Smuggling of food products increases
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.