SA top ‘dumping' spot for fake goods

SA top ‘dumping' spot for fake goods

2013-11-11 12:35

Johannesburg - South Africa is regarded as a top "dumping" destination for fake and illegally imported goods due to the high demand created by local consumers, according to Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies.

According to reports, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) conducted more than 25 000 seizures and confiscated illegal goods valued at R2.6bn.

The department of trade and industry (dti) and Proudly South African (Proudly SA), therefore, issued a statement on Monday, calling on members of the public to boycott pirated and illegally imported goods.
This call to action forms part of efforts, especially in the run-up to the festive season, to re-ignite awareness around what the dti describes as a "crime scourge" which costs South Africa’s economy billions of rands in lost revenue annually.
“Counterfeit and illegally imported goods deprive honest workers in the creative industry of jobs and a sustainable income," said Davies.

"Manufacturing, selling or buying these goods is not only illegal – it literally takes the food out of the mouths of honest businesses, up-and-coming artists, entrepreneurs and their families. In short, piracy perpetuates poverty.”
The CEO of Proudly South African Adv. Leslie Sedibe said  South Africans cannot allow the country's creative industries to continue bleeding "while criminal scavengers illegally benefit through stealing the work of our artists and creative minds".

"Pirated goods rob the original creators of their future. This also robs the government of tax revenue and ultimately has a negative impact on South Africa’s economy and South African families,” said Sedibe.

Smuggled in
Goods are often smuggled into the country from places such as South-East Asia.

According to Sars, among the methods used by illicit traders to circumvent customs and other government agencies, are identity theft, falsification of documents, ghost businesses and alternative remittance schemes.

Customs Operations secured an average of 26 “busts” a day at ports of entry across the country and detections included illicit cigarettes worth R37.8m, counterfeit clothing worth R155m and counterfeit CDs and DVDs worth R671m.

"However, the success of our enforcement agencies is undermined by the continued demand for these illegal products by SA consumers. By buying pirated goods, consumers are not just saving a few rands – they are effectively supporting a worldwide franchise of criminal activity." said Davies.

“Dealing with the triple challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality cannot be left up to government alone. As South Africans – and as consumers - we all need to unite behind efforts to fight piracy and illegal imports in order to prevent job losses, stimulate job creation and ultimately fuel economic growth.”
Consumers are encouraged to support local products and be proudly South African.

  • Goolam Randeree - 2013-11-11 12:44

    how is the the man in the street to know what goods are illegally imported ??customs should police this !

      frankvankaapstad - 2013-11-11 15:35

      It's pretty simple: look at the quality and price. If your Tommy t-shirt looks and feels cheap, it's a fake. And all the women obsessing about those boring, run of the mill Louis V handbags, those fakes can also easily be spotted. If it isn't being sold from a highly reputable retailer, it is most likely fake. Not that this will stop everyone, brand obsessiveness is a disease not easily eradicated.

      FreeMinded - 2013-11-11 15:37


      FreeMinded - 2013-11-11 15:43

      You may think that higher price means original, well there's a chain of stores (one particular fashion store) that popped up in durban , and is now expanding at a rate that even Truworths and Identity can dream off.. This chain of stores which is mainly situated in stamford hill road sells a lot of "overruns" . Common sense will tell you this many overruns cannot possibly exist, so what is happening is manufacturers are producing extra goods just to feed this particulars stores growth.. And its truworths and identity that are taking the knock.. These are the big stores that customs should be investigating, but customs refuses to investigate them which tells me the big guys can get away with selling illegally produced truworths and identity garments cos they have customs in their pockets! Customs needs to sort themselves out first and then hit the streets

      FreeMinded - 2013-11-11 15:46

      Also beware of a lot of fakes these big Fashion overnight stores are mixing and selling, they get away with this by snipping the labels and the wash tag, do not be fooled by a stores appearance.. They r ripping off consumers.

  • Justin Pretorius - 2013-11-11 12:59

    Because our economy is weak, our currency is weak and people are poor which is why there is a high demand of fake goods. Also these things mostly come from SA's favourite trading partner, China - we have not textile industry left because of it!

  • Rob Drake - 2013-11-11 13:11

    Nice to see Robbie doing his Jobbie

  • Jackey Moss - 2013-11-11 13:30

    That what happens when u be-friend the Chinese, and now crying fowl, beside everything is getting expensive thanks to this government, We are being bleed dry to the bone through taxes,soon to be e-tolls etc..Dont give a rats @ss if they don't receive a cent through the revenue lost due to fake goods, it makes a difference in my pocket

  • Colani Vilakazi - 2013-11-11 15:09

    Most foreign nationals sell these items,from chloting,cell phones to household items,you just bribe the sars customs at the airpot

  • Jason Ugolini - 2013-11-11 16:51

    If anyone is to blame it's SARS officials taking a nice fat slice of bribery.

  • John Short - 2013-11-11 17:35

    Outdated (taken off the market in other countries) printers, computers and other electrical items also flood SA

  • Rob Martin - 2013-11-11 18:12

    We are Chinese if you pleas, we are Chinese if you don't pleas, we export cheap goods from China......

  • Robert Keene - 2015-03-27 13:25

    It's Zuma's pals the Chinese who are behind this economic fraud - so address your concerns to him Minister!

  • Robert Keene - 2015-03-27 13:26

    It's Zuma's pals the Chinese who are behind this economic fraud - so address your concerns to him Minister!

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