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The National Inspection of Economic Activities raided a series of warehouses in central Maputo on Tuesday afternoon, seizing 300 boxes of counterfeit toner and an unspecified number of counterfeit products including appliances, clothing, detergents, ornaments, batteries and even motor oil.
INAE national director of operations Aly Mussá said that the inspection was the result of a complaint, and explained how the warehouse owners operated.
“Toner is imported, but when it comes into the warehouse, the HP brand stamping process and ink filling occurs, because there is the powder used to fill the cartridges.”
“The process of packaging in sachets and boxes also takes place here, and only then is the product put on the market,” Mussá said. The INAE also found imported televisions being given the “Elite” brand in the warehouse.
Due to reluctance on the part of some of the owners, inspectors had to force open some warehouses.
In addition to counterfeiting, the National Inspectorate of Economic Activities suspects that the site is being used for private incarceration.
“There is one element that has not yet brought the public, in that there are people being imprisoned in one of the warehouses, for what reason we do not know. This makes us even more interested in opening the warehouses to see what kind of products exist and why people are incarcerated there,” Mussá said.
Of the twelve warehouses on the site, INAE has so far only been able to open two, forcing it to continue today. The operation brings together agents from the INAE, the Police of the Republic of Mozambique and the Attorney General’s Office.Source: O País
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