Counterfeit goods with a street value estimated at R120 million were seized at the Durban harbour on Friday morning, the Hawks said.
Fake items were found in five containers, said spokesman McIntosh Polela.
The items included Springbok rugby jerseys, Ferrari and Puma watches, Levis jeans, Dolce and Gabana, Uzzi, Nike, Adidas-Oakley, and Armani sunglasses.
“The goods came into the harbour from China just over a week ago,” Polela said.
Police believe the goods were destined for Johannesburg but were not sure if they would also be sold to neighbouring countries.
Polela said it was becoming increasingly difficult for police to detect fake goods as they were starting to resemble the authentic brands.
“With Nike shoes for instance, you literally have to cut the sole of the shoe to determine whether or not they are counterfeit.”
Polela said a court order would be obtained to have the goods destroyed.
No arrests had been made. - Sapa