THE Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRA) has destroyed counterfeit goods valued at over N$5 million, which were confiscated following illegal importation into the country.
The goods, ranging from shoes to sanitisers among others, were transported to the Kupferberg landfill behind the University of Namibia where they were burned and destroyed by police officials from the customs unit.
Steven Ndorokaze, NamRA spokesperson, explained the goods were destroyed in terms of sections 97, 98, and 100 of the Customs and Excise 1998 (Act No. 20 of 1998) (the Act).
“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,” Ndorokaze said.
He added that the destroyed goods are classified as counterfeit goods, meaning that they were manufactured or sold under another brand name without the brand owner’s authorization.
In terms of section 123 (1) (b) of the Act, the importation of counterfeit goods is prohibited in Namibia owing to copyright 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,” Ndorokaze said.
He could not give the time period in which these goods were collected by the police, stating that they were confiscated at various entry points by different operations.
“NamRA alls upon the public to refrain from importing counterfeit goods as they could lose the acquired stock due to the violation of the law. Further, counterfeit goods might be harmful to society as such goods would have not been subjected to the relevant established standards,” Ndorokaze said.