Dogs give SARS R3m Christmas present to smash possible fake shoes

SARS customs officials have seized millions worth of counterfeit goods in recent months.

While most South Africans are on hiatus, unaware of the opportunistic crimes happening on our borders, brave little sniffer dogs have been on the job at the Lebombo border post. They managed to give their dealers an early Christmas present – a R3 million fake bust.

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) last weekend seized possible counterfeit shoes with an estimated value of R3 million. The tax collector has the Customs Detector Dog Unit (DDU) to thank.

The dogs helped SARS officers search a truck with two trailers entering South Africa at the Lebombo border post with Mozambique. They found 5,237 pairs of sneakers and sandals of various brands loaded in the back of the truck’s trailers.

The shoes were handed over to the South African Customs State Warehouse for further processing. SARS is also working with the companies that own the stamps found in the truck to confirm the authenticity of the items but believes they are fake.

“The country’s legitimate production of clothing and textiles must be supported and SARS has once again shown that it is doing its part in promoting industrial growth and job creation,” said SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter.

He added that SARS is determined to make non-compliance with South African customs hard and costly for anyone breaking the law.

In late October, SARS reported that it had seized several million rands worth of illegal or illicit goods in various joint searches over the past few months. It ran an intelligence operation using its own and the SA Police Service’s enforcement teams

Operations aimed at cross-border smuggling and violations in the cigarette and tobacco industry found raw tobacco allegedly imported from Zimbabwe, illegally imported boxes of cigarettes and face creams, narcotics and 18 men hidden in the wrong compartment of a truck that tried to enter South Africa illegally. in an incident.

Among other things, illegal alcohol, liquor packaging, distillery machines and suspected smuggled clothing, textiles, leather and shoes were also found.

“While we have made compliance easy and simple, we will not tolerate criminals and syndicates who harm our country’s economic prosperity and the well-being of our citizens,” he said.

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