Taipei, -A third passenger, a Chinese national, was denied entry to Taiwan Tuesday after failing to pay a fine of NT$200,000 (US$6,487) for bringing pork products into the country, according to the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ).
The 28-year-old was found to be carrying a total of 2.92 kilograms of red sausages and other pork products, as well as roast duck upon his arrival at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on a transit flight from Hong Kong, the BAPHIQ said.
After failing to pay the NT$200,000 fine, he was not allowed to enter Taiwan and was put on a flight to Beijing later in the day, the BAPHIQ said.
It added that he will not be allowed to enter Taiwan again until he pays the fine.
Foreign nationals who fail to pay the fine for bringing pork products into Taiwan have not been permitted to enter the country since restrictions were tightened Jan. 25.
Since then, three foreign nationals have been denied entry due to failure to pay the fine, all of them Chinese nationals.
Heavy fines for bringing in pork from African swine fever (ASF)-affected countries, ranging from NT$200,000 for first offenders to NT$1 million for repeat offenders, have been in place since Dec. 18, last year.
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.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel