The warning was sounded by NAQIA officials last Friday in Port Moresby when announcing the detention of a large quantity of powdered kava that had been shipped in from Fiji, bypassing import protocols.
The 11 cartons were impounded by NAQIA officials over a week ago at Jackson International Airport. A notice of detention was subsequently issued to a Port Moresby-based Fijian clothing company, Jacks.
NAQIA boss Joel Alu said the goods would be destroyed by incineration.
Investigations would be carried out as to how the goods were landed without following proper protocols.
“Under the existing laws they can be charged up to K4000.
“This is not the first time we have confiscated items.
“We have in the past impounded things like fresh poultry from the US, Indonesia’ even rice from China.
“Despite our surveillance efforts, people are still bringing stuff in illegally.
“This is concerning because it poses a biosecurity threat to our country but more importantly our local industry,” Mr Alu said.