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Taipei Customs continuously seizes pork products at Taoyuan International Airport during New Year’s holiday

From December 28, 2018 to January 1, 2019, Customs officers in Terminal II of Taoyuan International Airport continuously seized undeclared meat products (with a total net weight of 10.538 kgs) from travelers returning from China while they passed through the “Nothing to Declare” counter (Green Channel), Taipei Customs (TPC) said. The cases were transferred to Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine, Council of Agriculture for follow-up action. Since China is currently listed as an African swine fever and avian influenza affected area, a fine of NT200,000 and NT30,000 was imposed on carrying pork products and poultry products respectively by the bureau for violating Paragraph 2, Article 34 and Article 45-1 of Statute for Prevention and Control of Infectious Animal Disease (動物傳染病防治條例).

TPC further pointed out that meat products are subjected to quarantine pursuant to Article 5 of the aforesaid Statute, and travelers shall apply for quarantine inspection upon arrival. Products that are not accompanied by quarantine certificate issued by the quarantine competent authority of the exporting country or have not passed the epidemic control inspection are not allowed to enter the country. Those which have been landed shall be destroyed according to Article 38-1. In addition, offenders will face a maximum fine up to NT1 million in line with amended Article 45-1.

TPC once again urges travelers not to bring unquarantined meat products from overseas into the nation. African swine fever is spreading rapidly across China and no vaccine or treatment is currently available for the virus. Once infected, mortality among hogs can be as high as 100%, inflicting significant damage to Taiwan’s livestock industry and related businesses. The bureau calls on the public to to work hand in hand with the government to protect the health of the domesticated pigs.

  • Publish Date:2019-01-10
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