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THE MINISTRY OF COMMERCE NOT TO ALLOW THE ENTRY OF A SHIPMENT OF A CARROT CORE, IMPORTED FROM POLAND DUE TO BEING FROM AN ISRAELI ORIGIN
Riyadh, 9TH August 2001

 THE QUALITY LABORATORY IN DAMMAM, AN AFFILIATE OF THE MINISTRY OF COMMERCE, WHILE EXAMINING A SHIPMENT OF A CARROT CORE, IMPORTED FROM POLAND, FOUND A SAMPLE OF 1.5 KG CONCENTRATED GRAPEFRUIT THAT CARRYING A NAME OF A COMPANY IN ISRAEL, SAID THE STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE COMMERCE MINISTRY NOTING THAT EACH BARREL OF THE 325-BARREL SHIPMENT WEIGHTED 200 KG.

ACCORDINGLY, THE MINISTRY ISSUED ITS INSTRUCTIONS ON 11.5.1422 TO THE OFFICIALS OF DAMMAM SEA PORT NOT TO ALLOW THE ENTRY OF THE SHIPMENT INTO THE KINGDOM.

MOREOVER, THE CONCERNED ADMINISTRATION AT THE MINISTRY OF COMMERCE SUMMONED THE IMPORTER OF THE SHIPMENT FOR INVESTIGATION.

THE ISSUE WAS REFERRED TO THE ISRAELI BOYCOTT COMMITTEE AT THE MINISTRY FOR CARRYING OUT THE REQUIRED PROCEDURES IN THIS RESPECT, ADDED THE STATEMENT.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE COMMERCE MINISTRY HAS INSERTED THE NAME OF THE POLISH COMPANY, WHICH EXPORTED THE MENTIONED SHIPMENT, IN THE BLACK LIST, AND WARNED ALL FOREIGN COMPANIES AGAINST ANY FORM OF SECRET UNDERSTANDING WITH ANY ISRAELI COMPANY OR ANY THIRD PARTY FOR THE FLOW OF EITHER ISRAELI COMMODITIES AND PRODUCTS OR ANY SUSPECT COMMODITIES TO THE SAUDI MARKETS.

'ALL COMPANIES THAT PROVED TO BE INVOLVED IN SUCH ILLEGAL PRACTICES WILL BE INSERTED IN THE BLACK LIST, AND SUBSEQUENTLY ALL OF THEIR PRODUCTS WILL BE BARRED FROM ENTERING THE SAUDI MARKETS, SAID THE STATEMENT.

THE MINISTRY HAS URGED THE SAUDI IMPORTERS AND MERCHANTS TO BE CAUTIOUS AND CAREFUL WHEN THEY CONCLUDE CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS, AND TO GET ACQUAINTED WITH THE REAL ORIGIN OF THE COMMODITIES AND PRODUCTS THAT THEY MAY IMPORT.

THE MINISTRY HAS WARNED AGAINST BEING INVOLVED IN SUCH ILLEGAL PRACTICES, AND SAID SUCH PRACTICES CONSTITUTE A FLAGRANT VIOLATION TO THE KINGDOM'S REGULATIONS.

'VIOLATORS OF THE REGULATIONS WILL BE SUBJECT TO PUNISHMENT', SAID THE STATEMENT.

THE COMMERCE MINISTRY URGED HE MERCHANTS, COMPANIES AND CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY TO COOPERATION WITH IT AND ITS LABORATORIES, AND TO REPORT ABOUT ANY SUSPECT COMMODITIES.

'SUCH RESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR WILL POSITIVELY CONTRIBUTE TO THE PROTECTION OF THE CONSUMER AND THE NATIONAL ECONOMY, THE STATEMENT ADDED.

Source: Arab News©

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