China Customs Captures 4.8 Billion Yuan for Smuggling of Iron and Steel Scrap
From the evening of June 4 to the morning of the 5th, the Customs launched a centralized operation to crack down on smuggling of iron and steel scrap from export smuggling, arresting 245 criminal suspects and verifying that approximately 2.41 million tons of iron and steel scrap was involved in the case, with a case value of approximately 4.8 billion yuan.
In daily supervision, the Customs discovered that the number of steel and scrap exports had increased sharply over a period of time, and there were significant suspects of understated price smuggling and export, involving multiple locations across the country. The Bureau of Customs of the General Administration of Customs carried out a centralized investigation to determine the criminal evidence of smuggling of iron and steel and scrap materials at a low reported price, and decided to launch a joint operation to crack down on the export of smuggled steel scrap and scrap.
At 10 o’clock on the evening of June 4, the General Administration of Customs conducted a unified command, the Anti-Privacy Bureau of the Guangdong Branch and the 17 Customs Anti-smuggling Bureaus of Huangpu, Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, etc., with the cooperation of local public security and marine police forces, launched a crackdown. Smuggling of iron and steel scraps for export and centralized network collection. By 9:00 a.m. on June 5th, 65 smuggled gangs of iron and steel scrap and 245 criminal suspects were captured. After preliminary investigation, these smuggling gangs purchased iron and steel scrap at home and smuggled and exported them to Southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia by way of understated prices. At present, the case is under further investigation.