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Company probed for importing banned old clothes from Canada

Shanghai Customs are investigating a Hangzhou-based company which tried to import old clothes, including sweaters, underwear and T-shirts, from Canada to China — all banned under the Chinese law.

This is the first time that Shanghai Customs have seized old clothes, thought to be wastes from foreign countries. Imports of old clothes are banned over fears that they could carry contagious diseases and pollutants and pose other safety hazards.

Custom inspectors in Shanghai’s Wusong Port discovered the old clothes in a shipment declared as 3,600 cotton dresses imported from Canada in July. The Hangzhou company, whose name was not revealed, claimed it was a returned shipment and worth 70,000 yuan (US$11,487).

When the custom inspectors opened the shipment, they found old clothes that were damaged, torn, with faded color or had stains. Some of the clothes were even soiled.

Custom officers said the clothes were probably being recycled from garbage sites or hospital morgue in foreign countries.

Shanghai Customs said the shipment would be returned to Canada.



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