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Smuggled Japanese  Koi fish seized

    2018-January-11  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

WENJINDU Customs seized 23 cartons of smuggled Japanese Koi fish and a batch of juvenile fish from a freight truck with dual Guangdong and Hong Kong license plates Monday morning, making it the first Koi fish confiscation case in recent years, sznews.com reported yesterday.

The truck, declared an empty vehicle, was required to undergo a routine inspection by customs upon entering the border. Customs officers discovered that there was a heap of cartons covered by empty white foam boxes inside the truck.

The cartons varied from 70 centimeters to 1 meter in length and were fully sealed with transparent plastic film and were packed with Japanese Koi fish and an oxygen supply.

There were a total of 23 Koi fish, with an average length of 85 centimeters. The longest one was 1 meter long, which is very rare. The officers also seized 120 juvenile Koi fish measuring 10 to 15 centimeters from the truck.

Japanese Koi fish are kept for decorative purposes, because their color, pattern and shape change with age and water temperature. These expensive fish usually fetch high prices in the market. Common ones are priced at several thousand yuan, while top-grade ones are worth hundreds of thousands of yuan.

According to customs, as demand for decorative fish increases in the domestic market, especially before the New Year’s Day and Spring Festival, some are tempted by high profits to smuggle these fish.

At present, the fish have been handed over to the anti-smuggling department and the inspection and quarantine department for further investigation.

(Zhang Yu)

 

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