BuzzSouthAfrica learnt from South African Police Service (SAPS) that the Port Elizabeth Border Police and the Customs Control officials at the Port Elizabeth Harbour intercepted three containers from Nigeria at the harbour.
After the containers were taken to a depot in Port Elizabeth so that the contents would be examined, Custom officials noted irregularities on many items that were in the containers.
“Liquor, food products, cosmetics and maize were among other things in the containers,” SAPS related.
Adding that the cargo manifesto of the three containers didn’t declare the liquor found, SAPS disclosed that the liquor was described as beverages.
“SAPS Border Police confiscated a substantial amount of liquor from the containers. The liquor was not declared and also no permit or legal paperwork could be produced for the import into this country.
“The containers were bound for Johannesburg; the liquor is foreign alcohol and is estimated to be approximately R1 million.
“A docket has been opened in terms of the Liquor Act – illegal importation of liquor without a permit. No arrests have been made and the investigation is continuing,” SAPS stated.
Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) also confiscated 328kg Nigerian stock fish and 319 kg of Nigerian Crayfish.
SAPS said a case of import of marine products without a permit has already been opened.
Earlier, BuzzSouthAfrica reported that DAFF has suspended the importation of meat from establishments suspected to be involved in Brazil’s rotten meat scandal.
DAFF indicated that consignments may have already left Brazil and on their way to South Africa.
But then said: “DAFF officials at all ports of entry which receives meat have been instructed to test every container of meat from Brazil using the existing policies regarding testing of consignments.
“Consignments arriving at the ports of entry in South Africa may be tested microbiologically for organisms such as Salmonella,” added the department.