April 19: South African Customs Officials Seize 2,380 Counterfeit Sneakers from a Cargo Shipment at the O.R. Tambo International Airport
South African customs officials have seized 2,380 counterfeit sneakers from a cargo shipment at O.R. Tambo International Airport. Officials found the counterfeit goods during a routine inspection and became suspicious after examining the cargo’s weight. The load is worth $210,918 and originated from Hong Kong.
April 10: Two Workers Killed in Boiler Explosion in Cambodian Garment Factory
In the second such incident this month, a steam generator exploded at an unnamed garment factory in Phnom Penh Saturday, killing two and injuring four. The generator operator had apparently left the building at lunchtime, and had left the generator alone resulting in an explosion as soon as another worker added wood to the machine. This incident comes less than three weeks after a similar generator in a different factory exploded for similar reasons. The BSI threat rating for working conditions in Cambodia is High.
April 4: Tunisian Customs Officials at Tunis-Carthage International Airport Seize 13,000 Counterfeit Shoes Coming From Algeria
Tunisian authorities at Tunis-Carthage International Airport seized a shipment of 13,000 pairs of counterfeit athletic shoes coming from Algeria. Customs officials estimated the value of the shipment at over 50,000 dinars ($22,000). The threat of counterfeit production and exportation in Algeria is Severe, and sporting goods and footwear are one of the commodities most frequently counterfeited in the country.