More recently the industry has also borne the brunt of the import of second-hand clothing, that has become available for resale on the market.
Sars customs officials intercepted four consignments of suspected counterfeit goods with a combined value of R20.5 million. Goods included Nike sneakers from Hong Kong, and Louis Vuitton bags, Gucci dresses and ladies’ Polo and Chanel-branded shoes from China.
Sars customs investigations executive Patrick Moeng said they would continue to investigate. “Once we have assessed the risk at border posts, we will focus on strategy and capacity planning at non-designated ports.”
He said customs currently only has a presence at commercial border posts, while non-designated ports just have a couple of representatives from other government agencies, such as the SAPS and Immigration.