(Yicai Global) March 20 -- China's customs has seized over 10 criminal groups that smuggled refined oil products to be sold in the country.
Regional bureaus of the General Administration of Customs caught 11 groups in the three days ended March 14 which have so far imported 138,000 tons of illegal oil products, with an estimated worth of CNY810 million (USD121 million), state-backed Xinhua News Agency reported yesterday.
Customs agencies in eastern cities of Nanjing, Hangzhou, southern Jiangmen, southeastern Xiamen, and southwestern Kunming dispatched almost 500 police officers to be part of the operation which arrested 55 suspects, caught red-handed with 800 tons of oil.
The customs has investigated 87 oil cases with a value of CNY4.8 billion (USD715 million) since the beginning of this year, an officer told Xinhua, adding that most of them involved smuggling by waterways.
The GAC will continue to strengthen efforts to crack down on smuggling and punish illegal behavior, the officer added. Lawbreaking dealers will face warnings, fines and suspensions of their business licenses, the central bureau said on its website.
Editor: Emmi Laine