Customs officials in the Chinese city of Shenzhen said last week they seized a ship attempting to smuggle frozen goods into the country to avoid duties, according to a report by the China Daily.
At 1,800 metric tons, valued at $9.4 million, officials called it the biggest frozen goods smuggle bust by Shenzhen Customs since it was founded in 1997, according to the news outlet.
Authorities detained five of the ship’s 18-member crew.
Included in the smuggled load were beef, chicken wings and pork tripe from the United States, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand in 60 containers, China Daily reported.
Customs officials said the goods posed a danger because they had not been inspected and quarantined, and poor transportation conditions presented a potential food safety concern, according to the report.
Source: Argentine Beef Packers S.A.
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