|Customs officers check a package of frozen meat in Hải Phòng Port. — Ilustrative photo tienphong.vn|Viet Nam News
HẢI PHÒNG — Nearly 27 tonnes of frozen meat have been left unclaimed at Chùa Vẽ Port in Hải Phòng City for two years, the Tiền Phong (Vanguard) online newspaper reported today.
Vũ Quốc Dương, head of the Hải Phòng Port Customs Division, said the imported frozen meat was stored in two containers and had been at the port since 2014. The meat is now rotting, producing a foul odour.
Dương said the name printed on the bill of consignment was Minh Khuê Seafood Joint Stock Company, located in Quảng Ninh Province’s Móng Cái City.
However, the company had sent a notice to the division in August 2014 insisting they did not own the goods.
The shipping agent of the consignment was CTL Maritime Co., Ltd., based in Hải Phòng.
Dương said if no one claims the goods, the port would destroy the consignment, but only after the shipping agent pays fees for warehousing and destroying the items.
The warehousing fee alone amounts to VNĐ1 billion (US$44,800), he said.
The shipping agent has said it cannot afford the fee. Therefore, negotiations between the division and the shipping agent are still underway. — VNS