Kaohsiung Customs Seizes Stout Camphor Timber with a Market Value of NT$40 Million in a Joint Effort with Prosecutorial and Police Units
In early August this year, Kaohsiung Customs, Customs Administration, Ministry of Finance received intelligence concerning a possible illegal exportation of stolen stout camphor timber. After scanning related information and conducting professional analyses, Kaohsiung Customs officers targeted a suspicious export declaration, altering its customs clearance method to be physical examination, as well as informing prosecutorial and police units for a joint examination. A preliminary inspection indicated that the goods in question was stolen stout camphor timber with a false declaration of quantity (weight), which had been intended to be sold to China. Subsequently, the goods was put under full surveillance at Kaohsiung Port. After related evidence had been collected by prosecutorial and police units about the stolen timber, the six containers of goods in question, with a market value preliminarily estimated at more than NT$40 million in total, were seized by a ruling of Taiwan Ciaotou District Court.
Kaohsiung Customs said that antrodia cinnamomea, a fungus species growing on stout camphor wood, has been increasingly used for healthcare in recent years. Additionally, the hype generated through commercials has also contributed to the tremendous fame of antrodia cinnamomea, in turn encouraging illegal logging of stout camphor timber. The Customs authority indicated further that stout camphor timber is classified as precious wood, which is referred to in Article 52 of The Forestry Act. According to the article, those who steal primary products or by-products of precious wood, or transport the stolen properties, shall be liable to aggravated imprisonment and penalty fine. The public is encouraged to report any suspected smuggling activities to the Customs by calling the toll-free number: 0800-711117.
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