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Dogs sniff to become customs staff

A LABRADOR, Springer, Golden Retriever and Beagle competed to become furry “customs officers” recently, Shanghai Customs said yesterday.

More than 60 dogs of different breeds took the test, held every year, in “applying” for the supervised work position. And 33 of them passed the exam, according to customs officers.

The inspection exam was split into two parts — one static, the other dynamic.

For the static inspection, 36 boxes were displayed in a matrix on the ground, including the most common suitcases, foam boxes and cardboard boxes. The “targets” of different odor sources were hidden in them, and the more the dogs found, the higher the score they could get.

In the dynamic part, six staff members each pushed or pulled around a suitcase, simulating the scene at an inspection point. The dogs had to find the prohibited items in the suitcase by sniffing.

Shanghai Customs’ work dogs are deployed at airports, cruise and railway ports, and mail and express inspection work sites. They give full play to the role of monitoring entry and exit goods, significantly increasing the supervision efficiency.

The pandemic has put a temporary stop to the dogs’ availability but they will return to work in accordance with relevant rules in the future, customs officials said.

Meanwhile, Shanghai Customs seized a batch of exported counterfeit cigarettes at Yangshan Port.

About 1.2 million cigarettes packed into 60 paper boxes were found by officers during a normal inspection of an exported container.

It is the first time that officers have seized entrained cigarettes in export shipping channels. The batch of cigarettes has been handed over to the tobacco authority for follow-up disposal.

Also, as determined by the local tobacco administrative department, the cigarettes were then confirmed to be counterfeit, officers said.


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