Local June 29, 2011 | 7:48 am

Companies lose millions in Dominican-China “scrap metal” scam

Santo Domingo.- Several companies linked to 89 containers full of “scrap metal” shipped to China and Vietnam denounced being scammed out of millions of dollars.

The companies Sur Americana de Vapores (CSAV) and Agentes y Estibadores Portuarios (Ageport) denied being behind the swindle of the companies based in China and Vietnam, which bought scrap metal in the country and received dirt and stone instead.

The shippers affirmed that the 89 containers taken to those countries were properly certified and checked by the Customs Agency and that their only responsibility was their transport from Haina Port.

In a statement, CSAV and Ageport say they wer also victims of company GH Recycling Export and its representative Gustavo Henríquez, since the containers’ return cost them more than US$1.0 million.

They said that at the end of June 2009, GH contacted them to transport the load of “metal scrap” they had sold to cosignatories in China and Vietnam. They added that they facilitated the 89 containers to GH, 12 of which were sent to Vietnam and the remaining 77 to China.

Acording to local reports, the containers sent to Vietnam were disembarked there, but those shipped to China were halted before unloading.