Checkpoints Saw a Decline in E-Channel Users
Last weekend e-channels at major checkpoints in Shenzhen didn’t see a massive crowd which showed a decline in cross border traffic. This decline also showed the strengthening of the crackdown on parallel traders
The measures implemented also included the two tin per day cap on the amount of baby formula that travelers can bring into Shenzhen from Hong Kong. Foreign baby formula is currently in demand in mainland China and a favorite item of parallel traders. Baby formula from Hong Kong increased at least 30 to 40 yuan per can, while several well known brands have increased by 60 yuan. Some residents don’t even need to travel to downtown Hong Kong to purchase the milk formula since most of the convenience stores at the first Metro station on Shenzhen side are selling cans of baby formula.
But people don’t know that frequent trips to purchase milk formula can cost more to parents without Shenzhen hukou since they pay for regular renewals of their Hong Kong visas. Recently parallel traders were blamed for the crowding of e-channels at borders especially during rush hours and holidays.