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Customs confident in Secure Export Scheme

MEDIA RELEASE

31 October 2012

Customs confident in Secure Export Scheme

Customs is aware of Algerian media reports that a significant quantity of an illegal drug – either cocaine or heroin - has been found in a shipment of milk powder in Algeria. Customs has not been able to verify these reports, and is working closely with Fonterra to establish the facts.

Customs’ Group Manager Trade and Marine, Paul Campbell, says that there is no evidence to suggest that any illegal substances were introduced into the container before it left New Zealand.

“Fonterra is a trusted trader and is part of Customs’ Secure Export Scheme. Containers are sealed when they are packed, and the seal assures that the container has not been breached until it is loaded onto a ship.”

Customs is aware that the cargo was unloaded and reloaded in Panama and Valencia, Spain.

“We have engaged our attaché in Brussels and he will be working to establish the facts.” said Paul Campbell. “Customs has very high confidence in the integrity of New Zealand exports.”
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