For two days from today, YTN will investigate and report on the problem of Korea’s backward seafood distribution structure.
Unnecessary overlapping auctions have caused the freshness of seafood to drop and consumer prices to rise. The absurdity has continued for decades.
It has been revealed that the fisheries cooperative, which claims to be the center of Korea’s fishery industry, is in charge of such absurdity and even inflated its performance through computerized manipulation.
Reporter Jeonggyu Kang of the Planning and Exploration Team reports.
Person A, an indefinite contract employee who has been working at the Suhyup Guri factory for the past 7 years.
He was caught violating internal regulations and increasing the limit of foreign trade for wholesalers.
[A씨 / 수협 무기계약직 직원 : 돈을 가지고 오지 않았는데 가져오는 것처럼, 저희가 전산에다가 ‘이 사람이 1천만 원 가져왔음’ 하고 입력을 해주는 거예요.]
While the trauma was covered by computerized manipulation, accounts receivable blew like a snowball.
For 15 months from April 1, 2019, the amount of non-receivable credit was about 570 million won.
Suhyup filed a criminal complaint against Mr. A, saying it was the employee’s personal fault.
[주규현 / 수협 중앙회 유통사업부장 : 자기 직무 권한을 벗어나서 또 허위 보고까지 같이 있고 회계 조작까지 이렇게 하다 보니까…]
Mr. A claims that it was a practice for the profit of the public court.
[A씨 / 수협 무기계약직 직원 : (도매상인들에게) 많이 팔면 많이 팔수록 이제 그게 판매 실적으로 올라가는 거죠. 그분들이 많이 살 수 있게끔 전산 조작을 저희가 해주는 거고요.]
Last year, Suhyup held a special audit.
The results report pointed out that manipulating the credit limit was a pervasive practice in the courtroom, citing bad business practices as the main cause of accounts receivable.
In fact, this isn’t the first time the credit limit has been manipulated into a problem.
Whenever receivables were accumulated, the Suhyup repaid them with company money, and at the time of settlement, the employees covered the problem with their own money.
[A씨 / 수협 무기계약직 직원 : 시스템에는 받은 것으로 되어있는데, 실제로 금고에는 돈이 없으니까…. 비어 있는 돈을 메꿔내는 거예요. 사비로.]
There is a fundamental reason for this practice.
According to the current law, wholesale market corporations, including Suhyup, are required to draw the quantity to be traded in the market from the production site.
However, in reality, intermediate wholesalers registered with corporations, ‘intermediate wholesalers’, are playing the role.
Since corporations receive commissions in exchange for entrusting the sale of seafood, they can make money by opening an intermediary transaction even if the credit value accumulates.
[경기 구리 도매시장 중도매인 : 그 사람이 근래 와서는 (거래실적) 1등을 한 중도매인이었어요. 그 사람이 수수료를 자기들한테 천만 원 보태주는데, 그 사람이 잘못되면 안 오고 그러면 천만 원 못 먹잖아요.]
Given this reality, similar things were happening in 5 out of 6 public courts under the jurisdiction of the Suhyup.
[김윤두 / 건국대학교 농식품경제학과 교수 : 도매시장법인들이 자기들의 역할을 충실히 했다면, 수집도 하고 다 했다면, 그렇게까지 했을까요? 저는 그게 의문이에요.]
At 11 pm tomorrow night, YTN will report in depth the problems with the seafood distribution structure centered on wholesale market corporations such as fisheries through the ‘Laws of the Fish Market’ section of the exploration report record.
This is YTN Kang Jeong-gyu.
YTN Kang Jeong-gyu ([email protected])
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