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Second-hand clothing imports continue

A TOWN in southern China's Guangdong Province has become a center of the banned trade in second-hand imported clothing, state TV reported.

More than 10,000 businesses were dealing in the trade in Jieshi Town, Lufeng City, with around 100 million imported garments estimated to have been distributed across the nation last year, China Central Television said.

An undercover CCTV interview learned that wholesalers in Jieshi sold the clothes for 7 yuan (US$1) to 12 yuan each after cleaning, ironing and labeling. Retailers from across the country then sold them as new clothes costing hundreds of yuan.

Disinfection was never carried out because it is too expensive, CCTV quoted insiders as saying.

Loopholes in the country's policies were blamed for the rampant illegal trade. Businesses can get around the ban by importing the clothes as raw material, which is legal, insiders told CCTV.

The local government has launched several campaigns to stop the trade with nearly 100 crackdowns in the past two years. In July, about 120 tons of second-hand clothes were seized. But the actions had little effect as the trade soon recovered afterward.


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