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Customs officials bust goods valued at R1, 7 billion

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has released its latest statistics of Customs busts for the period January 1, 2018 until June 30, 2018.

The total value of all goods confiscated amounts to R1 732 339 421.

A total of 4 122 busts valued at R1 732 339 421 this year has increased compared to 1 763 seized valued at R1 648 779 675 the same period last year.

In a statement on Friday, Acting Chief Officer: Customs and Excise, Beyers Theron, congratulated his officers for their efforts.

He however, said that he believed there was more that Customs and SARS could do to make inroads into the illicit economy.

“We need to start looking at trends and patterns and becoming more strategic in the way we are dealing with some of these risks,” said Beyers.

Some high-profile busts which took place during the first six months of this year include the following:

Ketamine and Methaqualone (precursors to mandrax) with an estimated value of R32 000 400, en route from Kenya to South Africa, seized at OR Tambo International Airport on April 10.

Methaqualone with an estimated value of R30 000 000, en route from China to South Africa, seized at OR Tambo International Airport on January 31.

Sexual Enhancement Tablets (Generic Viagra) valued at R30 000 000, en route from India to South Africa, seized at OR Tambo International Airport on May 13.

Currency (USD & GBP) valued R15 000 000, en route from South Africa to Dubai, seized at OR Tambo International Airport on February 1.

Abalone with an estimated value of R10 000 000, en route from South Africa to China, seized at Port Elizabeth Harbour on January 26..

Currency (ZAR & USD) valued R6 992 569, en route from South Africa to Mauritius, seized at OR Tambo International Airport on May 4.

Currency (ZAR) valued R6 332 008.00, en route from South Africa to Dubai, seized at OR Tambo International Airport on March 27.

Kamagra (Generic Viagra) valued at R4 000 000, en route from India to South Africa, seized at OR Tambo International Airport on January 15.

Abalone with an estimated value of R2 370 000, en route from South Africa to Sri Lanka via Dubai, seized at Durban Harbour on February 21.

A total of 1 766 200 Cigarettes seized at Beit Bridge Border Post on April 17.

About 500 000 Cigarettes seized at Beit Bridge Border Post on April 27.

\Some statistics include:

Narcotics: 339 busts valued at R171 177 653

Cigarettes: 159 busts valued at R33 345 064

CITES (including endangered species such as abalone): 16 busts valued at R13 996 635

Currency: 13 busts valued at R52 903 426

Viagra / Viagra Generics: 97 busts valued at R40 441 400

Counterfeit clothing, footwear and other goods: 3351 busts valued at R1 414 740 024

Clothing and Textiles (second hand and other infringements): 20 busts valued at R5 187 702

Alcohol: 117 busts valued at R196 868

 

 

 

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