Kaohsiung-A Chinese woman was forced to head back to China on Sunday after refusing to pay a fine of NT$200,000 (US$ 6,480) for bringing sausage into Taiwan upon her arrival earlier in the day, according to Kaohsiung International Airport.
The traveler, identified by her surname Shi (?), was found with some 80 grams of sausage that she did not declare after arriving in Kaohsiung from Nanjing, quarantine officials at the southern Taiwan airport said.
Because she refused to pay the fine, Shi was not allowed to enter the country. She then arranged her return ticket on her own and left Taiwan, the National Immigration Agency (NIA) said.
Foreign nationals who fail to pay a fine for bringing in pork products at airports in Taiwan have not been permitted to enter the country since restrictions were tightened on Jan. 25.
Heavy fines for bringing pork from African swine fever-affected countries into Taiwan ranging from NT$200,000 for first-time offenders to NT$1 million for repeat offenders have been in place since Dec. 18, 2018.
Taiwan has taken the tough stance to prevent the ASF virus, which is lethal to pigs, from entering Taiwan, fearing that it could imperil its domestic pig-raising industry.
Since its breakout in China in August last year, the infectious pig disease has spread to 25 cities, provinces and areas there.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel