(Xinhua) -- Customs from east China’s
Shanghai on Tuesday reported an unusually large seizure of 857
kg of meteorites fraudulently declared as "dolomite."
Customs officers at Pudong International Airport said the two
hauls of "dolomite" airlifted from Kenya roused their suspicions
as most ore cargo is transported by sea to save on costs.
On Aug. 27, officers opened the crates for inspection and
found the stones, black-brown in color and ferromagnetic,
clearly defied descriptions of dolomite.
A spokesperson with the customs said the aerolites were
registered as dolomite to evade tax. It was the largest
meteorite seizure ever reported at the airport customs.
The airport customs said they have made several seizures of
meteorites trying to enter under false names since the beginning
of this year.
In July alone, 57 meteorite slices weighing 3.86 kg in total
were seized from packages from countries including Russia,
Sweden, Kenya and Chile.