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Bricks for paper: Dubai traders duped
Dubai, April 17, 2014
Some traders in Dubai have received containers full of bricks and stones from China instead of what they had originally ordered, a Gulf News report said.
Dozens of containers have landed in Jebel Ali port containing bricks instead of paper and foodstuff ordered by at least two traders, who said that they were shocked that the containers reached their warehouses unchecked.
Yousuf Sulaiman, a South African trader based in Dubai, was quoted as saying he had ordered A4 size paper worth $16,000 from a Chinese firm. "I have contacted the Chinese firm and they have promised to investigate the matter," he said in the report.
Port authorities in Jebel Ali said they are only responsible for handling the containers and it’s not their job to check the contents.
Two weeks ago, another company owned by an Egyptian businessman faced a similar situation in which he also received a container full of bricks instead of the A4 size paper that was ordered, the report said.
Both the containers arrived through China Shipping Line and the company’s representatives on Tuesday visited Sulaiman’s warehouse to inspect the containers and found nothing but bricks.
Apparently, around 50 more containers of dubious status are lying inside Jebel Ali Port right now — according to sources inside the port. These containers were supposed to have tomato paste from China but instead are filled with crushed stone and bricks, the report said.