Some 4,800 live chickens will be delivered to wet markets today as poultry traders look at new ways to speed up temporary delivery arrangements while the main wholesale market is closed after a bird flu scare. Live poultry sales resumed on Sunday, 12 days after the discovery of the H7N9 virus in a sample from the mainland forced a cull and the closure of the Cheung Sha Wan market. But daily deliveries were capped at about 3,000 initially, a fraction of the 19,000 birds sold each day, as chickens had to be taken to Ta Kwu Ling in the northern New Territories for government checks. The government agreed to increase the quota for today, but a representative of the city's poultry wholesalers said yesterday that operations at Ta Kwu Ling were chaotic. Only a few trucks could be on site at a time and some markets were not getting chickens until as late as 11am. "There is a need to improve the operation of the Ta Kwu Ling checkpoint," said Regal Cheng Chin-keung, the wholesaler. From today, wholesalers will try a new technique. When trucks arrive from farms, the chickens will not be offloaded onto the ground but transferred in cages to trucks that will take them to markets. That would get around government regulations under which live poultry can only be offloaded in designated areas. A spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department confirmed that the quota for today would be 4,800. Lin Tak-hing, chairman of a wholesalers association, urged the department to raise the cap to 6,000, as more than 150,000 live chickens remained on farms and some were getting beyond the peak age for sales. The Ta Kwu Ling arrangement was instituted to prevent an outright 21-day ban on live chicken sales, as happened during a bird flu scare last year. But it had proved controversial, both with wholesalers and neighbours. Meanwhile, the Centre for Food Safety yesterday banned eggs from Taiwan, after further outbreaks of bird flu there. A spokesman for the centre said about six million eggs were imported from Taiwan between January and November last year, but there are no imports of live poultry or meat.