Customs officials of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) have seized conceivable counterfeit sneakers with an estimated worth of R3 million.
The haul used to be made through officials from the Customs Detector Dog Unit (DDU) on the Lebombo border publish on the weekend.
SARS in a commentary stated the officials searched a truck with two trailers getting into South Africa.
“The DDU discovered 5237 pairs of quite a lot of branded (perhaps counterfeit) sneakers and sandals. The pieces had been discovered loaded at the back of the trailers of the truck.
“The shoes were handed over to the South African Customs State Warehouse for further processing and engagement with the relevant brand holders for confirmation of the authenticity of the items,” stated the earnings collector.
SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter praised officials and the DDU for his or her vigilance in combating illicit and counterfeit items from getting into the rustic.
“The lawful production of clothing and textile industry in the country needs to be supported and SARS has shown once again that it is playing its part to foster industrial growth and job creation,” he stated.
Kieswetter added that SARS is decided to offer which means to its strategic targets of constructing non-compliance arduous and expensive for somebody who transgresses the legislation.
“While we have made it easy and simple to comply, we will not tolerate criminals and syndicates that impede the economic prosperity of our country and the well-being of our citizens,” he stated.