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Guangzhou cracks tire smuggling case

HUANGPU Customs in south China's Guangzhou City have cracked a smuggling case involving nearly 10,000 tons of used tires, which are banned from import due to their pollution hazards.

The case surfaced after 366 containers lay idle for almost one year at the city's Huangpu Port, China National Radio reported today.

Customs officers launched an investigation after failing to find the cargo's owner, Chen Wen, inspection department director with Huangpu Customs, told state radio.

The containers were found to have 8,504 tons of used tires, which had taken a week to examine and another six weeks to count, according to Cai Hongyu, vice director of Huangpu Customs' anti-contraband unit.

The cargo had been reported as rubber, which has import restrictions, when it arrived at Huangpu Port between December last year and February this year. The owner failed to clear the Customs in the due period.

Investigation found the owner had tried to find a qualified Chinese rubber processing company to help clear Customs, but failed. Three companies refused the deal fearing the rubber could be fake, said Wu Bing, vice director of the Customs' anti-contraband unit.


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