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16 October 2018 – Goods valued at R890.6 million bust by Customs in the past three months

16 October 2018 – Goods valued at R890.6 million bust by Customs in the past three months

Pretoria, 16 October 2018 – The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has released its latest Customs busts statistics from 1 July 2018 to 30 September 2018. The total value of all goods confiscated amounts to R890 641 942.
Some of the statistics include:
  • Narcotics: 152 busts valued at R38 711 220
  • Cigarettes: 43 busts valued at R11 178 022
  • CITES (including endangered species such as abalone): 10 busts valued at R198 355
  • Currency: 3 busts valued at R18 654 734
  • Viagra / Viagra Generics: 20 busts valued at R4 842 200
  • Counterfeit clothing, footwear and other goods: 417 busts valued at R766 212 803
  • Clothing and Textiles (second hand and other infringements): 118 busts valued at R1 219 118
  • Alcohol: 96 busts valued at R1 847 132
Compared with the same period last year (July to September 2017), the number and value of busts has increased to 2 499, valued at R890 641 942, this year, compared to 1 776 busts valued at R754 890 874 last year.
Executive: Customs Investigations, Patrick Moeng, reaffirmed SARS’ continued commitment and collaboration with other government agencies and industry stakeholders in stemming the tide against illicit economy, with a specific focus on the Clothing and Textile, Fuel, Tobacco and Cigarettes sectors. To date, due to this collaboration, more than thirty (30) entities suspected of trading in illegal tobacco and cigarettes, as well as clothing and textile, have been visited in the past two weeks across the country for contravening various tax laws.
Some of the high-profile busts which took place during this three month period include the following:
  • Cocaine, with an estimated value of R4 800 000, en route from South Africa to UK, was seized at OR Tambo International Airport on 31 July.
  • Heroin, with an estimated value of R4 400 000, en route from Mozambique to South Africa, was seized at the Lebombo Border Post on 20 August.
  • Ephedrine, with an estimated value of R4 500 000, en route from India via Dubai to South Africa, was seized at OR Tambo International Airport on 24 August.
  • Sexual Enhancement Tablets (Generic Viagra) valued at R300 000, en route from Dubai to South Africa, were seized at OR Tambo International Airport on 25 July.
  • Sexual Enhancement Tablets (Generic Viagra) valued at R2 000 000, en route from Ethiopia to South Africa, were seized at OR Tambo International Airport on 06 August.
  • Sexual Enhancement Tablets (Generic Viagra) valued at R2 480 000, en route from Hong Kong to South Africa, were seized at OR Tambo International Airport on 31 August.
  • Abalone, with an estimated value of R180 000, en route from South Africa to Hong Kong, was seized at OR Tambo International Airport on 16 August.
  • Currency (USD), equivalent to R9 194 234, en route from Mozambique via South Africa to Dubai, was seized at OR Tambo International Airport on 30 July.
  • Currency (USD), valued R9 460 500, en route from South Africa to Hong Kong, was seized at OR Tambo International Airport on 11 September.
  • Rhodium, valued at R3 262 712, en route from South Africa to France, was seized at OR Tambo International Airport on 28 August.
  • 799 400 Cigarettes were seized at the Beit Bridge Border Post on 21 July.
  • 1 000 000 Cigarettes were seized at Upington on 27 July.
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