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“Be care­ful when bring­ing goods back to China!”

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - PULSE -

A Chi­nese stu­dent sur­named Ma who stud­ies in South Korea was sen­tenced to a one-month de­ten­tion and a fine of 140,000 yuan ($20,299) for smug­gling. Ma was caught by Chi­nese cus­toms of­fi­cers for not declar­ing two Breguet watches and two Glashutte watches, pur­chased in South Korea. Ma claimed that the watches were for rel­a­tives and friends. But since Ma couldn’t pro­vide re­ceipts, the of­fi­cers de­cided Ma was try­ing to evade pay­ing cus­toms tax (130,000 yuan based on Chi­nese mar­ket prices). The watches were con­fis­cated and Ma is cur­rently on pro­ba­tion.

Il­lus­tra­tions: Chen Xia/GT

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