Chennai Port: China Uses Sea Routes to Send Fake Drugs to India

by OldSailor on June 19, 2009


stopFake drugs from China reach Chennai port, India through sea routes. Fake drugs in three consignments were seized at Chennai port in the second, third and last week of May. Traders in China had sourced spurious drugs and sent them to Indian importers for distribution in other Indian cities.

Some disturbing features of fake drugs from China reaching India through sea routes are:

  • India’s 12 billion dollar pharma industry generates 40 per cent of its revenue from exports.
  • To kill the Indian pharma industry, China’s two pronged strategy fake_drug_China_to_India
    • directly supply fake drugs with “Made in India” labels in international market (recent seizure in Nigeria confirms this)
    • supply fake drugs to Indian pharma industry to ensure spurious drugs are manufactured in India
  • Drugs are permitted to be imported in India through Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) only at
    • sea ports:
      • East Coast: Chennai, Kolkata
      • West Coast: Mumbai, Nhava Sheva, Kochi, Kandla
    • airports: Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad
  • Why Chennai Port ?
    • being shortest sea route from China
  • Reason:
    • Traders who import from licensed drug manufacturers in China get only 5-7 per cent margin when they sell the commodity in India
    • If they import fake drugs, they get 15-20 per cent margin

Details of fake drugs seized in the month of May:

Consignment details Name of Indian Trader – Imported Name of Chinese Trader Supplied Name of Chinese Licensed Manufacturer, whose fake labels were used
May, 2nd week: First consignment of 500 kg of roxithromycin, valued at Rs 21 lakh Envee Drugs Pvt Ltd in Kheda district of Gujarat Sinobright Development Ltd Zhejiang Zheyuan Pharmaceutical Company Ltd
May, 3rd week: second consignment of 400 kg of progesterone (female harmone) valued at Rs 40 lakh J B Khokhani and Company, a Mumbai-based trader Hong Kong-based Tiangao International Economic Development Corporation Zhejiang Shenzhou Pharmaceutical Company Ltd
May, last week: third consignment of 2,000kg of cimetidine worth Rs 15 lakh Sheetal Pharma of Mumbai Zhejiang Chemicals Import and Export Corporation in China Jiangxi Juermei Pharmaceuticals Company Ltd

Here are some more activities by China towards India:

Unanswered questions:question

  • Can fake drugs leave China without the knowledge of Chinese Authorities ?
  • How long this supply of fake drugs were going on ?
  • How much and what type of fake medicines have already reached the Indian consumers ?

Read more from The Times of India: Report 1, Report 2

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Update: June 24

According to the Export Promotion Council for Handicraft (EPCH) of India, export of textiles and ready-made garments to Nigeria virtually halved from Rs.224.7 crore in 2006-07 to Rs.119.2 crore in 2007-08. Reason ?

Chinese garments with fake “Made in India” tags are being sold in Nigeria. Again misuse of sea routes by China. Read more from The Times of India.

Update: June 25

Chennai Port Customs have confiscated two lakh automobile spark plugs with “Made in India” tag from China, valued at Rupees one crore. Read more from The Times of India.

Update: July 18

One more 40 feet container with fake products from China was seized by Chennai Port Customs on July 15. The fake products were sent by Fei Peng Trading Ltd in China from Shekou port in China. Out of 28 different products seized, 1.87 lakh pieces were fake Nokia mobile phone batteries and 1.26 lakh pieces of cosmetics and toiletries of fake Garnier, Revlon and L’Oreal beauty care products.The items were consigned to MMS Euro a Mumbai based company. Read more from The Times of India.

Update: September 24

Chennai Sea Port Customs seized 45 containers of sub-standard Chinese toys, valued at Rs 5.5 crore for violation of import rules. Read more from The Times of India.

Update: October 24

Chennai Seaport Customs seized a consignment of spurious baby care products and herbal shampoo of Johnson and Johnson’s baby shampoo and baby milk bath, Procter and Gamble’s Clairol herbal shampoo valued Rs 20 lakh. The consignment was shipped from China to Chennai via Hong Kong. Read more from The Times of India.

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