Police in South China’s Guangdong Province seized an unregistered cargo ship on Sunday [25 June 2017] which was carrying illegal beef products destined to China from abroad via Southeastern Asian countries. The Guangdong maritime patrol team found over 100 tons of frozen beef and cow intestines on the ship at Beibu Bay in the early morning on Sunday, with no crew in sight, Guangdong Maritime Police announced Saturday…Full Article: The Global Times June 2017

Key Points

  • The smuggled beef products were wrapped in chicken feed packaging to avoid detection.
  • On 7 February 2017, China’s General Administration of Customs launched the Guomenlijian Initiative, a year-long campaign to counter the smuggling of illicit agricultural products and other illegal goods.

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  • In June 2017, China’s General Administration of Customs (GAC) carried out an anti-rice smuggling (originally sourced from Myanmar and Vietnam) operation in the provinces of Yunnan, Guangdong, Hubei and Shaanxi, as well as Chongqing Municipality. Approximately 2,000 MTs was seized as a result. In addition, Huangpu Customs (Guangzhou) agents seized 490 MTs of smuggled of wine. The wine smugglers were reportedly active in the Guangdong cities of Zhuhai, Dongguan, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.
  • In April 2017, Shenzhen border police (Guangdong Province) seized 630 MTs of smuggled frozen meat. The smuggled frozen meat (i.e. chicken and pork) was being stored in 24 refrigerators and was valued at CNY 37 million (US$5.38 million).
  • In March 2017, Huangpu Customs (Guangzhou, Guangdong Province) uncovered four companies that were suspected of smuggling red wine via the southern ports of Huangpu, Gongbei, and Guangzhou.
  • In early January 2017, 15 individuals were arrested in Hunan Province, Guangdong Province, and Guangxi Zhuang Region. The seizure, most of which had already entered the market, included chicken feet, pig’s feet, and beef tongue. During the same month, police in Mianying, Sichuan Province, arrested an individual who was distributing illegal wild game meat. During the summer of 2015, Sichuan Province’s forest police/bureau in Mianyang were alerted that bear meat was being sold to various restaurants around the city, which eventually led to the arrest.
  • In September 2016, Chinese law enforcement officials in Guangdong Province seized ~1,000 MTs of illegal meat products. The smuggled meat (e.g. beef, chicken wings, chicken legs, cow tongue) and offal (e.g. beef tripe) were discovered near Dangan Island (Wanshan Archipelago, off the coast of Hong Kong). The smuggled meat was being stored within a ship’s cold storage units. The smuggled meat, originating from the USA, Brazil, and Thailand, was soaked in bleach in order to improve its appearance, lengthen its expiration date, and boost its weight (1 kg vs. 1.5 kg when soaked).
  • In March 2016, Chinese law enforcement officials in Zhangzhou City, Fujian Province, seized and destroyed 530 MTs of smuggled meat in Xiamen.
  • In February 2016, Chinese law enforcement authorities in Guangdong Province seized approximately 2,219 MTs of smuggled meat (e.g. beef, chicken wings, and pigs’ feet) discovered on a foreign ship in Shenzhen. The smuggled meat, totaling CNY 200 million (~US$31 million) in value, was transported in 71 cargo containers.
  • In September 2015, Chinese law enforcement authorities on Hainan Island seized more than 660 MTs of smuggled meat found on a moored ship. The ship was birthed at Baimajing fishing port, which was unusual as the port typically does allow container ship mooring.
  • In July 2015, China’s coast guard seized 200 MTs of frozen meat products (e.g. chicken’s feet, pig’s feet and tongues) in Hainan province.
  • In June 2015, approximately 800 MTs of frozen meat products were seized in Hunan province.
  • From January to June 2015, China confiscated 420,000 MTs of illicit frozen meat products.
  • In June 2015, China halted a Japanese beef smuggling ring that imported the beef via Cambodia-Laos-Yunnan-Shanghai.
  • In May 2015, a dozen people were jailed in Zhejiang province for injecting water into cattle for profit.
  • In February 2015, China arrested nearly three dozen people who allegedly smuggled 6,000 tons of beef into the country. Anti-smuggling authorities based in Dalian, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou participated the nationwide crackdown.

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