11 tonnes of vegetables from China seized due to labelling errors

ISKANDAR PUTERI: More than 11 tonnes of imported vegetables worth nearly RM80,000 were seized by the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department (Maqis) at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas here.

Johor Maqis director Nur Afifah A. Rahman said the vegetables were imported from China and were seized during a routine inspection at the port at about 5pm on Wednesday (March 31).

“Investigations showed that there are some labelling errors made on the containers with omitted information on the size and grade of the goods, details which are required under the import declaration documents.

“All of the imported vegetables worth around RM78,553, ” she said in a statement here on Thursday (April 1).

She added that all the goods have been confiscated for further action and that the case would be investigated under Section 13 of the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Act for making a misleading declaration to the authorities.

The offence carries a fine of not more than RM50,000 or a jail term of up to two years or both.

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