We believe it's our container in drug bust: Fonterra

Fonterra believes a milk powder container involved in a 165kg drug bust in Algeria is one of theirs. 

The dairy giant's communications director, Graeme McMillan, told NBR ONLINE: "We understand it is a Fonterra container involved but we still haven't had that formally confirmed."

Agence France-Presse reports that the massive haul is one of the largest ever intercepted in the North African country. The New Zealand Customs Service is also trying to establish the facts, while expressing confidence that the drugs did not come from here.

Customs says it is aware of Algerian media reports that a significant quantity of an illegal drug, either cocaine or heroin, has been found in a shipment of milk powder in Algeria.

Customs has not been able to verify the reports and is working closely with Fonterra.

The dairy giant is waiting to hear which Algerian authority is investigating and is on standby to provide any information required.

Fonterra is the largest exporter of dairy products in the world.

Customs group manager trade and marine Paul Campbell says there is no evidence to suggest that any illegal substances were introduced into the container before it left New Zealand.

The cargo was unloaded and reloaded in Panama and Valencia, Spain.

"We have engaged our attache in Brussels and he will be working to establish the facts," Mr Campbell says.

- additional reporting by BusinessDesk

This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about My Tags

Post Comment

5 Comments & Questions

Commenter icon key: Subscriber Verified

idot

Reply
Share

I've always thought we've been paying through the nose for milk powder.

Reply
Share

Odds on it was the Panamanians.
Somewhat of a superfluous comment to say that "there is no evidence to suggest that any illegal substances were introduced into the container before it left New Zealand' given that NZ Customs would presumably be referring to it as a "sting operation" if there was.

Reply
Share

With the price of cocaine in NZ being the highest in the world, there is the no chance it came from here.

Reply
Share

Did the box have the same security container door seal attached upon arrival destination as that which was fixed at New Zealand packing point ??
Fonterra would be able to ascertain am and the box number in a very short space of time-- what information was recorded on the B/Lading ??

Reply
Share

Post New comment or question

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

NZ Market Snapshot

Forex

Sym Price Change
USD 0.7977 0.0012 0.15%
AUD 0.9075 -0.0005 -0.06%
EUR 0.6268 0.0003 0.05%
GBP 0.4948 0.0005 0.10%
HKD 6.1875 0.0094 0.15%
JPY 85.2720 0.0330 0.04%

Commods

Commodity Price Change Time
Gold Index 1248.5 4.340 2014-10-21T00:
Oil Brent 86.2 0.820 2014-10-21T00:
Oil Nymex 82.5 -0.260 2014-10-21T00:
Silver Index 17.5 0.190 2014-10-21T00:

Indices

Symbol Open High Last %
NZX 50 5233.1 5284.3 5233.1 0.89%
NASDAQ 4359.2 4419.5 4316.1 2.40%
DAX 8693.1 8889.8 8717.8 1.94%
DJI 16406.0 16620.8 16399.7 1.31%
FTSE 6267.1 6372.3 6267.1 1.68%
HKSE 23300.5 23460.8 23088.6 1.32%
NI225 15038.2 15165.8 14804.3 2.44%