China Steps up Efforts to Curb Grain Smuggling: Official Media

From AFP:

China has stepped up efforts to curb illegal wheat and rice exports as traders try to smuggle out grain to take advantage of record high global prices, state press reported on Monday.

The problems with the smuggling comes as China is trying a range of measures to keep its domestic grain supplies stable amid soaring inflation that has seen sharp price rises for nearly all food products since last year.

Customs officials in the eastern city of Hangzhou city stopped four attempts in the past several weeks that could have shipped nearly seven tonnes of rice and 33 tonnes of wheat out of the country illegally, the China Daily said.

Read also China cracks down on illegal grain exports by Xinhua.

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