By: Chiu Chun-chin and Frances Huang
Taipei, Jan. 26 (CNA) A Chinese tourist who was caught Saturday attempting to bring pork jerky and other meat products into Taiwan paid a heavy fine to avoid being denied entry into the country, quarantine authorities said.
The Chinese visitor surnamed Zhou, who was traveling with four of his family members from Shanghai to Taiwan, attempted to bring in pork jerky and fish sausages into Taiwan when they arrived at Taoyuan International Airport around Saturday at noon.
Under new rules imposed to keep African swine fever (ASF) out of Taiwan that took effect Friday, foreign visitors caught bringing pork products into Taiwan are to be denied entry if they fail to pay a fine of NT$200,000 (US$6,494).
Zhou was the first foreign national to pay a fine to enter Taiwan since the more restrictive rules were implemented Friday. [FULL STORY]