Chinese customs seized more than 210,000 tonnes of smuggled rice in 2014, worth 1.26 billion yuan ($205 million), an official said Saturday [17 January 2015]. Zhu Feng, deputy head of the anti-smuggling bureau of the General Administration of Customs (GAC), said the GAC cracked 467 cases concerning rice last year in a special campaign against the smuggling of agricultural products. The campaign was dubbed “Green Wind”, and mainly targeting grains, frozen meat products, sugar, cotton and cooking oil…Full Article: China Daily Jan 2015

Key Point

  • According to the Deputy Head of the Anti-Smuggling Bureau of the GAC, from 2013 to 2014, the total value of smuggled products detected during the Green Wind campaign increased by 96% and totaled CNY 44 billion (~US$7.2 billion).

ChinaAg Comment

  • From 2010 to 2013, Chinese (including mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau) rice imports increased from 658,371 MTs to approximately 2.5 million MTs. Mainland China accounted for the bulk of imports and was primarily supplied by Vietnam (1.4 million MTs in 2013), Pakistan (417,020 MTs in 2013), and Thailand (299,772 MTs in 2013). Hong Kong rice imports, which averaged more than 300,000 MTs annually over the four year period, primarily originated from Thailand (155,281 MTs in 2013) and Vietnam (139,415 MTs in 2013).

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