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Cameroon:40,000 tons of contraband goods seized, destroyed in Douala

Contraband goods being destroyed (c) Illustrative image

A consignment of contraband goods was recently seized and destroyed by customs officers in the economic capital, Douala.

he stock consisted of 13 tonnes of pharmaceutical products, 7 tonnes of non-biodegradable plastic packaging, 37 boxes of cigarettes, 301 liters of hydrogen peroxide (chemical precursor) and 21,090 liters of hydrocarbon products.

These counterfeit products were presented to the press on December 17, 2020 at the former Directorate General of Customs in Douala. They were seized in the economic capital and its surroundings by the special custom unit for the fight against illicit goods, Halcomi.

Apart from hydrocarbons, which have already been transferred to the Ministry of Water and Energy (MINEE) for verification for probable destruction or sale, all other counterfeit products were destroyed at the landfill of the Hygiene Company and Sanitation Hysacam last weekend.

According to statistics from the customs department, the Halcomi mission has already seized goods worth a total of FCFA 10 billion since the start of the year. According to a study published in 2019 by the Halcomi mission, fraudulent practices, smuggling and counterfeiting cost the Cameroonian economy about FCFA 250 billion every year.

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