Breaches of customs regulations lead to forfeiture of vehicles

Niël Terblanché

The Gobabis Magistrates Court ruled for the forfeiture of two vehicles following recent violations of the Customs and Excise Act, 1998 (Act No. 20 of 1998).

One of the drivers entered the country via the Trans-Kalahari Border Post, completely disregarding the stipulated customs declaration as detailed in section 14(1)(a) of the Act.

The Namibian Police took swift action, resulting in a pursuit that culminated in the arrest of the driver in Gobabis. The VW Golf 6 was confiscated, and during the court proceedings, the driver was fined N$8 000 or the alternative of a two-year prison term.

Last Friday, a similar violation occurred involving a Toyota Wish, leading to a similar verdict of vehicle forfeiture and an N$8 000 fine or a two-year incarceration term.

Steven Ndorokaze, the Namibia Revenue Agency’s (NamRA) Chief Strategic Communications and Support Engagement of NamRA, clarified the agency’s perspective.

“The forfeiture of these vehicles as directed by the Court marks a significant step in our mission against customs and excise violations,” Ndorokaze said and added that such actions bolster the Agency’s resolve to uphold the nation’s customs and excise laws, ensuring enhanced compliance.

Ndorokaze strongly urged both businesses and travellers to recognize the importance of these regulations.

“We cannot stress enough the criticality of proper declarations and compliance with customs requirements. It is paramount for the integrity of our borders and our national economy,” he said.

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