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Government warns of Biosecurity scam

August 24, 2015 4:51 am

Exporters and importers are being warned of devious behaviour on the part of certain agents of the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji or people posing as BAF agents.

Certain authorised agents are marking-up services provided and imposing further fees for payments already made.

Others are posing as BAF agents and are conning exporters and importers by illegally imposing biosecurity and quarantine fees.

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There are also instances where authorized agents are imposing fees and charges but are pocketing them instead of remitting them to BAF.

A joint statement from BAF and the Fiji Commerce Commission says those responsible will face the full force of the law.

The statement also says both the FCC and BAF will be working closely with law enforcement agencies and stakeholders in the export and import sector to combat this illegal activity.

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