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Port Elizabeth border police confiscate three containers from Nigeria

MARCH 23, 2017
Port Elizabeth border police confiscate three containers from Nigeria

No arrests have yet been made, but police in Port Elizabeth are continuing with investigations after undeclared liquor worth R1 million, among other products, was seized by authorities at the Port Elizabeth harbour in January. 

"The Port Elizabeth Border Police and the Customs Control officials at the Port Elizabeth Harbour intercepted three containers from Nigeria at the harbour," said police spokesperson, Captain Sandra Janse Van Rensburg.

"The containers were taken to a depot in Port Elizabeth in January 2017.

"The containers were opened and the contents examined. Custom officials noted irregularities on many items that was in the containers."

Captain Van Rensburg said that liquor, food products, cosmetics and maize were among other things in the containers however according to the cargo manifesto the three containers, no liquor was declared.


"The liquor was described as beverages."

She said that the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries have confiscated 328kg Nigerian stock fish and 319 kg of Nigerian Crayfish. 

"A case of import of marine products without a permit was opened in February 2017.

"On 22 March 2017, SAPS Border Police confiscated a substantial amount of liquor from the containers," added Captain Van Rensburg.

"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."