The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department (MAQIS) has seized fruit from Brunei brought into the country without valid permits, Malaysian media reported.
The fruit, including mango, lemon and mandarin, were seized at the Labuan International Passenger Ferry Terminal on Tuesday.
Labuan MAQIS Director Nazrul Azman Mat Rahim said enforcement officers seized the consignment of fruit from the Sultanate that did not have valid import permits and phytosanitary certificates from the country of origin.
“This is a violation under Section 11(1) of the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Act 2011.
“Upon conviction, offenders face a fine of up to MYR100,000 or up to six years in jail, or both.”
“For subsequent offences, offenders can be fined up to MYR150,000 or jailed up to seven years, or both,” he said.
He said enforcement will continue at all entry points into the country to monitor agricultural imports.
“This is to ensure that plants, animals, carcasses, fish, agricultural produce and microorganisms brought into the country are free from pests, diseases, contamination and comply with regulations.”