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Taipei customs nonplussed as more passengers break regulations

2018/12/22 22:23:12

Photo courtesy of Taipei Customs

Taipei, Dec. 22 (CNA) Authorities in Taipei said Saturday they are baffled as to why passengers continue to bring meat products into Taiwan, despite signs at Taoyuan airport warning them about the fines for doing so.

The latest NT$200,000 (US$6,508) fine was slapped on a visitor from China, who tried to bring in 0.2 kilogram of ham sausages from Changzhou, Jiangsu province, at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

The passenger, who failed to declare the meat, was fined for violating the Statute for Prevention and Control of Infectious Animal Disease, Taipei Customs officials said.

Meanwhile, another traveler from Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, tried to enter the country with 4.2 kg of pork buns and sausages.

The traveler arrived on a China Eastern flight at noon and was found to be carrying the meat products by customs officials, who imposed a fine of NT$200,000.

Having introduced numerous signs clearly warning passengers, officials said they find it strange that they continue to catch people who claim to have not seen the signs and were unaware of the regulations.

(By Chiu Chun-chin and Ko Lin)