Major counterfeit bust at Ngqura port

South African Police Services (SAPS) last week seized counterfeit goods worth an estimated R45 million at the Port of Ngqura near Port Elizabeth.

“It is alleged that sea border members received information to profile a container destined for East London via Ngqura port,” SAPS said in a recent statement.

Together with the South African Revenue Service (Sars), a search was initiated in the presence of the shipping agent’s representative.

The container was found to contain counterfeit sunglasses, belts, pens, bags and watches with a total value of R45 553 400.

“This poses a serious risk to the economy as South Africa loses tax revenue due to the illicit trade. The community is urged to refrain from buying counterfeit goods and to report any suspicious behaviour to the police,” SAPS acting provisional commissioner Andre Swart said.

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