The Illegal Trade in Chemicals

Annex 3: Media accounts of recent national enforcement actions


and cost-effectiveness. Source: China Pesticide Information Network (2016). China’s bio-pesticide industry faces a dilemma, 25 February. http:// Iran (2016) A number of people were arrested for the distribution of unregistered highly hazardous pesticides. The application of the pesticides resulted in production failures in dates and citrus fruit. Source: Mehr News Agency (2016). Pesticides that kill the tree/ Golan counterfeit toxins in the market, 11 May. https://www. Mongolia (2017) In order to identify illegal trade routes for counterfeit products, a private company associated with Lehman Lee & Xu (one of the largest law firms in China) announced their request for support. Source: LehmanLaw (2017). Tracking Manufacturer of Imported Counterfeit Product in Mongolia, 2 May. http:// counterfeit-product-in-mongolia/ Pakistan (2015) At Wain Bodla village, potato farmers protested against a local pesticide dealer who allegedly supplied fake pesticides that destroyed their potato crops. In support of the protest, the Head of the Kisan Ittehad district demanded stern actions against the criminals. Source: Dawn (2015). Potato farmers protest fake pesticide sale, 8 February. Vietnam (2015) Owners of establishments selling pesticides hired labourers to repackage products bearing famous foreign trademarks. The police seized machines, equipment and a large quantity of pesticides. Source: Vnexpress (2015). ‘Lò’ thuốc trừ sâu giả ở Sài Gòn, 24 December. tru-sau-gia-o-sai-gon-3332719.html Poland (2016) Polish customs uncovered 660 litres of illegal pesticide during an X-ray check of a Ukrainian truck at the Korcowa checkpoint. Source: Agropolska (2016). Celnicy wytropili 660 litrów nielegalnych pestycydów, 17 October. https://www. litrow-nielegalnych-pestycydow,2757.html Europe

Cameroon (2018) Counterfeit fuel is becoming a problem in Cameroon. On 23 April 2018, authorities seized 6,000 tons of illegal fake fuel on the road from Douala to Yaoundé. Source: 123Actu (2018). Cameroun contrefaçon: 6000 tonnes de carburant frelaté et toxique saisis sur l’axe douala-yaoundé, 4 May. Morocco (2014) Theft, smuggling and illicit sale of petrol is taking place on the Algerian-Moroccan border. The uncovering of transnational organized criminal networks shows the challenge faced by industry and governments. Source: The Global Initiative (2014). Petrol Smuggling, Oiling the Wheels of Organised Crime, 14 August. https:// Tunisia (2018) The Tunisian government’s tightened control near the Libyan border has resulted in the shutdown of smuggling routes for illegal goods and fuel. Source: Reuters (2018). Pasta andpetrol: smuggling crackdown stirs dissent inTunisia’s south, 29October. https://www.reuters. com/article/us-tunisia-libya/pasta-and-petrol-smuggling- crackdown-stirs-dissent-in-tunisias-south-idUSKCN1N30KL Uganda (2018) A raid organized by the police and government officials in Uganda uncovered hundreds of containers of fake fuel, agrochemicals and lubricants. Source: Chimpreports (2018) Police raid stores of fake products in Kampala, 30 March. stores-of-fake-products-in-kampala/ Cambodia (2015) About 10 tonnes of fake pesticides were seized and a few criminals detained during a Chinese–Cambodian police operation. Source: Freshnewsasia (2015). Police identified more than 10 tonnes of counterfeit pesticides in front of airport, 11 December. localnews/13905-2015-12-11-07-42-12.html China (2017) During supervision and sampling activities, the China Ministry of Agriculture uncovered the illegal addition of chemical pesticides to bio-pesticides in order to improve performance Asia

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