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Singapore Customs seize 5,000 bags of counterfeit rice

Singapore Customs seize 5,000 bags of counterfeit rice

SINGAPORE: More than 5,000 bags of counterfeit rice imported from India were seized, Singapore Customs said on Friday.

The owner of the Singapore-registered trademark, who suspected that the imported rice infringed its trademark, had reported the shipment to the authorities.

On Thursday, customs officers intercepted five 20-foot containers that were carrying the shipment of more than 5,000 bags of rice weighing about 129 tonnes at the Pasir Panjang Terminal. The rice was seized after the packaging was found to have a similar trademark to the one registered in Singapore.

The trademark owner has confirmed the rice to be counterfeit and is in the process of taking legal action against the importer, Singapore Customs said.