Customs warn of ASF threat from online shopping

Taipei, With the approach of an annual online shopping event, the Customs Administration urged the public and express delivery businesses Wednesday to declare goods honestly to prevent African swine fever (ASF) in the wake of an increase in interceptions of meat products illegally brought into Taiwan.

Most of the 108 kilograms of illegal raw and processed meat products confiscated by Customs since September was bought by online shoppers and sent to Taiwan by express delivery, Customs officials said.

They said they will tighten checks on meat imported from China to prevent the spread of ASF in Taiwan, as online sales are expected to surge Nov. 11, referred to as Singles' Day and heavily promoted by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group.

The Executive Yuan will discuss an amendment to the Statute for Prevention and Control of Infectious Animal Disease proposed by the Council of Agriculture (COA) to increase the fine from NT$15,000 (US$488) to NT$300,000 for smuggling meat products into Taiwan, according to COA Deputy Minister Chen Chi-chung (???).

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel