Sars busts yield over R3 billion in illicit goods

Sars busts yield over R3 billion in illicit goods

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) busts yielded some R3.7 billion in illicit goods over the past financial year.

Sars branch Pretoria

Sars spokesperson Sicelo Mkosi says the revenue service has embarked on a mission to ensure their ports of entries are safe.

"As you know that since the beginning of the past financial year we have been embarking on a process of redoubling our efforts almost on all fronts but in particular in terms of concentrating on ensuring that illicit trade and illicit goods, in particular, do not move freely in our ports of entry.

“All of those efforts are now beginning to yield results."

Mkosi says there has been a marked increase compared with the same period last year. 

"And the value of the busts has increased to R3 694 742 928 from R2 461 425 369."

Some of the statistics include:

Narcotics: 892 busts valued at R535 132 535

Cigarettes: 220 busts valued at R50 252 520

CITES (including endangered species such as abalone): 43 busts valued at R 42 224 372

Currency: 14 busts valued at R64 986 630

Viagra / Viagra Generics: 170 busts valued at R69 280 100

Counterfeit clothing, footwear and other goods:  1 526 busts valued at R2 710 118 775

Clothing and Textiles (second hand and other infringements):  407 busts valued at R7 988 166

Alcohol: 298 busts valued at R18 430 752

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