16th of June, 2021. Georgetown, Guyana, South AmericaLast updated: June 22, 2021 at 6:48 am
The Government’s Food and Drug Department has yesterday, Wednesday 16th of June, 2021, seized a quantity of Brazilian products estimated at around 4 million Guyana dollars from a small business owner residing on the East Coast of Demerara. The officials who swooped down on the man’s premises in an apparent sting operation said they were seizing the products on the grounds that the labels were in a foreign language (Portuguese). The products include perfumes, body spray, and perfumed soaps.
Mr. Persaud related that around 3 PM on Wednesday, June 16, four officials: Carol Edwards, Triston Jones, Jennel Rodney, and Suzanna Atkins, along with a driver, arrived at his premises and requested to have access to his merchandise.
The businessman, who works in cooperation with a supplier from Brazil, advertises the products through the website:
and Facebook page: www.facebook.com/brazilianproductsworld
After ordering through the website via a WhatsApp system, the products are delivered to the customers who pay upon delivery. The businessman related that he is the owner of a registered business: A. Persaud Brazilian Products and also the holder of an import license which he uses to pay the import taxes on the products at Lethem before transporting them to Georgetown. As such, he is amazed that at no point was he informed that it is necessary for the perfumed products to have English labels before they could be sold in Guyana.
In fact, he has been paying import duties for his products over the last six months and was never informed by the Customs’ Department that he needs to have English translation in order to import the products for commercial purposes. He is also amazed that the department which issued the import license did not give him the slightest hint that the products need to be labeled in English.
Further, the young businessman related that the very same products are currently being sold by numerous stores and vendors across Guyana with impunity, and he is befuddled as to why he alone was targeted.
The businessman related that he is at his wits’ end as to how he will pay his debts since he bought most of these products on a credit line with a 30 to 60 days period to make remittances to Brazil via bank transfer. In addition, he is worried that overdue bills in Brazil accumulate high interest rates on a daily basis for every day that they are not paid – putting him in some serious financial jeopardy.
Mr. Persaud explained that he was in the process of running a father’s day promotion via Facebook when the authorities suddenly and without warning seized his products. Thus, in addition to having been plunged into a compromised financial position, he is also sad that so many people will not receive their Father’s Day discounts.