I’ve heard for quite some time now that Robert Wan, called “a titan in the industry” in so many recent posts, has been bypassing the GIE Perles de Tahiti and the Papeete inspection and taxation procedures for quite a while, flying certain qualities of goods directly from his main atoll to the Cook Islands, where he unloads quantities of his goods to be sold in Rarotonga under the guise of them being Cook Island black-lipped pearls.
Whether this is absolutely true or not, I honestly do not know.
But if it were true, what possible good were all the rules and regulations set up by the Tahitians (really mostly French expatriates; it is said those governmental satrapian bureaucrats get paid 150% more salary than they would normally be paid at the Quai d’Orsay as so-called “imminent danger pay”... the price of living in French Polynesia’s terrible conditions) if the major pearl producer in the region ignored them?
And, further, what good will reemploying any ignored regulations do for the Tahitian pearl industry?
These are the questions that plague mankind.... and the corrupt, supercilious French administration in Papeete, many of whom (from personal experience) feel that the angels come at night to take their merde away.
They are getting what they deserve, having cratered a once-thriving industry.