On 16 March, The Straits Times reported that China foiled criminals seeking to smuggle nearly 1 million tonnes of refined oil worth $1.03 billion, with officials seizing 11 ships and detaining 171 suspects.  The operation spanned 8 Chinese regions, including the coastal provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Shandong and Fujian.  The customs agency said it had launched a coordinated nationwide campaign against refined oil smuggling in August 2020, focusing on hotspots like the Pearl River and Yangtze River Deltas and had recorded 170 cases by the end of February.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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