Smuggling on the increase

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 July, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 July, 1994, 12:00am

ANTI-SMUGGLING officers in Chongqing, Sichuan province, are having a rough time doing their jobs as the city reported a dramatic upsurge in smuggling activity during the past year, the China News Service (CNS) said yesterday.

From late last year to June, officers at the inland river port have uncovered 81 smuggling and tax evasion cases and confiscated merchandise and cash worth more than 11 million yuan (HK$9.82 million).

The CNS said the smugglers had their hands on virtually all sorts of goods ranging from cars and jewellery to pornography, antiques, rare species of animals and drugs.

The agency said many of the smuggling episodes involved companies trying to escape paying Customs duties.