Pork importers urged to declare honestly, meet quarantine requirements
Ever since the first case of African swine fever (ASF) was reported on Aug. 3, 2018 in China, the disease has been expanding throughout the country, even further into Southeast Asia. Based on data from the Council of Agriculture, the transmission routes of ASF virus to domestic hogs may include consumption of feed, arthropods, infectious animal excrement or secretion, contaminated vehicles, shoes or clothes, etc. Human cannot contract ASF; however, it is highly contagious and deadly for hogs, with the mortality rate around 100%. No medicine or vaccine has been effective for treatment so far, and thus the epidemic poses a significant risk to Taiwan’s agriculture sector as well as the relevant industries.
Keelung Customs stresses that private sectors are called on to cooperate with Customs and agencies concerned to keep ASF out by declaring pork products honestly and by meeting the quarantine requirements. Any attempt to smuggle dubious meat products will cost a fortune—from a fine of not more than NT$3,000,000, or result in more severe penalties—to imprisonment of less than 7 years. The public is also encouraged to report any suspected smuggling activities to Customs by calling the toll-free number: 0800-003-131 or 0800-306-306.