Customs Officials to Improve Measures of Milk Formula Cap
Customs is still yet to figure out a way to prevent travelers from bringing in cans of baby formula into the city and to sell them for profits. Under the formula cap implemented on March, travelers were only allowed to bring in two cans of milk formula from Hong Kong to Shenzhen. The measure was intended to reduce parallel trading that drains the supply of high demand formula.
Professional traders are paying to collecting cans of the milk formula from inbound travelers and paying them as well in which travelers can make around 40 yuan for every can of milk formula they bring in which is based on a report made by local media. To respond to the reports, customs officials said that it is not against regulations for travelers to bring no more than two cans of the formula, however to stop trading at checkpoints it will require the joint effort of several departments ranging from the police, market management and checkpoint administration.
As of the moment there are 10 special stores at the Luohu Checkpoint that is either collecting the cans of milk formula directly or sending people to meet inbound travelers to collect.
Customs at the Hong Kong border are not asking on the use of the baby formula from each outbound traveler carries as long as it does not excess the limit. While on the Shenzhen side inbound travelers are not violating any entry rules as long as the goods they are carrying is worth less than 5,000 yuan since it reasonable for personal use. If parallel trading continues a tighter regulation and management will be implemented by market supervisors as the milk formula cap remains in full effect.