Qwingdao Sewing Biotech Group, a supplier of Chinese organic fertilizer to Sri Lanka, issued a special statement yesterday (26) stating that the consignment of fertilizer was shipped on September 23, six days after the issuance of the September 17 letter of credit, and the buyer created an artificial barrier to prevent the stock of fertilizer from being duly accepted. The company also announced that there were reasonable grounds to suspect that.
The statement, written in a threatening tone, called for a re-test by a third party, recognized by both parties. The letter also said that the People’s Bank, which had stopped payments on a court order, would be delisted from China if it did not comply with the terms of the letter of credit and international trade rules.
The Company informs Sri Lanka that if it is confirmed that the fertilizer stock contains Erwinia bacteria, the fertilizer stock should be unconditionally terminated and if not, Sri Lanka should make immediate payments unconditionally and take steps to import the stock.
It also states that if it is confirmed that the bacteria is not present, the Sri Lankan media should immediately correct the news and look into the legal status of publishing false news.
If not resolved, it could affect the reputation of the Sri Lankan government’s procurement process and jeopardize future dealings with Chinese companies, the statement said.