Do you care if something is fake or not? Or do you care more about the utility you get from these items?
We’re always told that those who buy fake goods are contributing towards an unethical labour market and putting the brands at disrepute. As a result of the surge in illegal goods, Sars has increased its risk management of clothing and textile throughout the value chain.
Sars spokesperson Sandile Memela gives us an update on the work Sars has been doing in this space.
Memela says that a special law was passed by Parliament in 1997 to collect revenue. We exist to facilitate trade with neighboring countries says Memela.
The business that you’ve done with whoever takes things out or brings them in must be legitimate business that we are aware of and taxes are paid for it.— Sandile Memela, SARS Spokesperson
Memela says that they also have the responsibility to protect the local economy by creating jobs.
This local clothing and textile industry is under severe siege.— Sandile Memela, SARS Spokesperson
There’s an increase in the number of people attempting to bring clothing into the country illegally, says Memela.
He adds that in 2016, there were 158 000 items valued at R5 million that were confiscated. He adds that this year, the number has jumped to over 2 million items valued at over R62 million.
Listen to the ways SARS is combating illegal goods in the audio below...