【Taiwan Immigrants' Global News Network】Translated by CHI CHIA I
Recently, the African swine fever (ASF) virus was again detected in parcels sent from abroad. Council of Agriculture (CAO) Minister Chen Chi-chung (陳吉仲), pointed out that the investigation will focus on packages sent from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, and Thailand.
National Immigration Agency (NIA) also reminds the public, immigrants, and migrant workers not to order pork & meat products from abroad to Taiwan.
Chen Chi-chung stated that the border control will be enhanced during CNY. (Photo / Provided by Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine)
Chen Chi-chung stated that Kaohsiung Mail Processing Center, Chunghwa Post (Taiwan) has detected ASF from 86 parcels containing meat products, which is an increase of 170% as compared to the previous year.
The current list of ASF-infected zones includes China, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, North Korea, South Korea, Russia, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Mongolia, Timor-Leste, India, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Lithuania, Italy and the Republic of North Macedonia.
Immigrants & migrant workers are urged to follow ASF prevention measures. (Photo / Provided by Council of Agriculture)
NIA emphasized that the people bringing pork products from ASF-infected zones will be fined up to 1 million New Taiwan dollars. If the individuals are unable to pay, they will be refused to enter Taiwan. If the individuals violate the regulations by sending or purchasing pork products from abroad to Taiwan, one can be sentenced to a maximum of 7-year imprisonment and a fine of 3 million New Taiwan dollars.