ACT New Zealand Primary Industries spokesman Don Nicolson called for an urgent inquiry into monopoly kiwifruit exporter ZESPRI International’s operations after allegations of dodgy business practices were highlighted on TVNZ’s ‘One News’ last night.
It is alleged that ZESPRI had full knowledge of the actions of their importer in China and was complicit in their actions to defraud the Chinese Government by under declaring the Customs invoices and therefore under paying the correct duties.
“These are serious allegations and kiwifruit growers have the right to know the truth since they are being forced by the government to sell their products through this company,” Nicolson says. “An independent inquiry is the only way to get a full and accurate picture.
“Last night’s revelations raise serious questions about ZESPRI’s operations and whether the government’s continued support of Zespri’s monopoly status is really in the
best interest of growers.”
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