China fighting tide of seafood being sent through the mail

Published on
February 9, 2018

China’s annual Chinese New Year gifting rush has created major headaches for the country’ postal services, which have seen a major increase in forbidden seafood species in package mail. 

There has been a “sharp increase” in packages containing animal and aquatic products arriving in the post, according to AQSIQ, China’s quality and quarantine agency. Its officers have confiscated sea cucumber and swallow’s nest (a Chinese delicacy usually sourced in Southeast Asia) from parcels arriving in Quzhou, a city in prosperous Zhejiang Province and the hometown of many Chinese migrants overseas. 

The AQSIQ is nervous about unregulated imports of animal and aquatic products spreading disease in China. It has publicly pointed consumers to a list of items banned for import by personal travelers and by postal services. 

Contributing Editor reporting from Beijing, China

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