As per sources it has been reported that seven gangs suspected of smuggling rice have been busted in southern China, as it was informed by the General Administration of Customs (GAC). In this operation, it was suspected of smuggling about 13,400 tons of rice worth about 67 million Yuan (10.31 million U.S. dollars). Further, in this regard, with the help of a local police, the customs authorities in Chongqing, Kunming, Changsha and Guiyang arrested 34 suspects and seized more than 1,000 tons of rice in the operation on Saturday morning.
Furthermore, the rice, which was bought in Myanmar and Vietnam, was smuggled into southwest China’s Yunnan Province, repackaged and then sold in places including Chongqing and the provinces of Hunan and Guizhou, as it was revealed by the GAC. Since the start of the year, customs authorities at all levels have strengthened efforts to crack down on grain smuggling to protect farmers’ interests and to safeguard the security of the country’s agricultural industry. Till on March 5th, the customs nationwide had cracked 174 grain smuggling cases and more than 50,000 tons of grains were involved in those cases.