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N$5 million worth of counterfeit goods destroyed

2022-05-12  Staff Reporter

N$5 million worth of counterfeit goods destroyed
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The Namibia Revenue Agency this week destroyed counterfeit goods valued at over N$5 million, which were confiscated following their illegal importation into the country. 

The chief: strategic communications and support engagements Steven Ndorokaze said the counterfeit goods included branded items displaying several prominent clothing brands, and ranged from clothes, shoes, perfumeries and bags. The consignment also included sanitisers and electronic devices such as cellular phones. 

The destroyed goods are classified as counterfeit goods, meaning they were manufactured or sold under another brand name without the brand owner’s authorisation. In terms of section 123 (1) (b) of the Act, the importation of counterfeit goods is prohibited in Namibia, owing to copyrights infringements and in the interest of protecting society. 

“The goods were confiscated by NamRA officials at different duty stations as part of the enhanced enforcement of the applicable domestic and international instruments. NamRA, therefore, calls upon the public to refrain from importing counterfeit goods as they could lose the acquired stock due to the violation of the law,” said Ndorokaze.

NamRA added counterfeit goods might be harmful to society as such goods would not have been subjected to the relevant established standards.

2022-05-12  Staff Reporter

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