TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - A Chinese and a Taiwanese citizen were the latest to be fined NT$200,000 (US$6,489) each for trying to smuggle meat products into the country at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Wednesday.
A Chinese national named Huang (黃) arrived at Taoyuan on a Xiamen Airlines flight from Xiamen Wednesday morning carrying 935.5 grams of pork sausages and 1.2465 kilogram of mixed chicken and pork ham sausages, the Central News Agency reported.
Earlier in the morning, a Taiwanese citizen also named Huang who had arrived on an EVA flight from Hong Kong had his luggage searched, resulting in the find of an 800-gram pie which included both pork and chicken.
Each men was fined NT$200,000, since last month the new fine for trying to smuggle banned meat products into Taiwan from areas affected by the African swine fever, with repeat offenders facing a NT$1 million fine. More than 20 Chinese cities and provinces have reported outbreaks of the disease, causing fears that Taiwan’s prominent hog sector could soon face a disaster of massive proportions.
Customs have set up a special desk at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to answer questions from arriving travelers unsure of whether they are carrying products that might be subject to the fines, CNA reported.