Customs officers verify documentation related to foreign trade containers at an international container terminal of Yantai Port in Shandong province on October 12, 2021. TANG KE BEIJING Chinese customs strengthened its efforts to crack down on smuggling in 2022, handling 4,509 related cases, up 5.8 percent year-on-year, official data shows.
The total value of the cases hit 121 billion yuan about $17.87 billion, a 25.6 percent increase from the previous year, according to the General Administration of Customs.
The authorities launched several campaigns last year, focusing on the smuggling of drugs, key tax-related commodities, foreign waste, ivory and other items.
In 2023, Chinese customs will continue to carry out special campaigns and punish the smuggling of key items in key regions and sectors. The authorities will improve the management of anti-smuggling activity and strengthen international law enforcement cooperation.