Sugar smuggling on the rise in China


Beijing: China has intensified its effort to crack down on sugar smuggling in the country. In the latest action, Customs authorities in the city of Jiangyin have busted a sugar-smuggling case. Officials have seized 1,000 tonnes of sugar and arrested nine suspects. With the many cases have been detected recently, it seems sugar smuggling is on rise in the country.

According to the reports, during the action, officials have confiscated one ship, mobile phones. They have also seized bank cards pertaining to the case. Customs authorities are further investigating the case.

This is not the first time China has busted sugar smuggling. In the past too, many cases have been detected.

In the month of July, by confiscating over 500 tonnes of sugar and arresting seven alleged suspects, Customs in Suzhou had unearthed a sugar-smuggling case. Customs officials in Suzhou have been actively working on eradication of petroleum products and sugar smuggling.

On June 17 local customs office announced, Shanghai customs cracked down two sugar smuggling gangs and caught more than 40 suspects. In this action, more than 2,800 tonnes of sugar worth over 8 million yuan (1.15 million U.S. dollars) and five ships were confiscated. An investigation had revealed that since February, the gangs were purchasing sugar from Thailand and using small ships to receive the sugar from other ships on international waters. So far, many sugar smuggling cases have been uncovered in China.

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