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Passenger fined NT$200,000 for bringing sausages into Taiwan

2019/01/20 20:22:06

Photo courtesy of Taipei Customs

Taipei, Jan. 20 (CNA) A Chinese passenger who arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TTIA) from Shanghai has been fined NT$200,000 (US$6,477) for attempting to bring sausages into the country, Taipei Customs officials said Sunday.

The Chinese national, surnamed Zheng, failed to declare the 0.529 kilograms of sausages through customs, the officials said.

To prevent African swine fever (ASF) from reaching Taiwan, the government on Dec. 18, 2018 increased the fines for bringing in pork products from countries with ASF outbreaks, with first offenders liable to a fine of NT$200,000 and repeat offenders fined NT$1 million.

Since then, 63 people had been fined NT$200,000 as of Jan. 19 for attempting to violate the ban, according to data from the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ).

To avoid being fined, inbound passengers who are unsure whether items they are carrying are allowed into the country are advised to first seek information at the No. 7 goods to declare/Customs service counter at the airport, customs officials said.

Meanwhile, the BAPHIQ said that another two cases of pork products originating from China have tested positive for ASF. The two cases were sausages produced in the country's Jiangsu Province.

Photo courtesy of the Council of Agriculture

In both cases, the sausages were found discarded in bins Jan. 13 at Taipei Songshan Airport and have since been destroyed after testing, the BAPHIQ added.

A total of 14 cases of pork products have tested positive for ASF since Oct. 31, 2018, the BAPHIQ added.

(By Wu Hsin-yun and William Yen)