Tyre stakeholders team up against illicit tyre trade

1st March 2024 By: Irma Venter - Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor

The South African Association of Freight Forwarders, the South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC), the Tyre, Equipment and Parts Association (Tepa) and the Tyre Importers Association of South Africa (Tiasa) have teamed up to form the Tyre Silo Forum.

This follows the launch last year of the Blow the Whistle Compliance Forum, aimed at stamping out the illegal trade in automotive parts in South Africa.

The Tyre Silo Forum is spearheaded by Tepa national director Vishal Premlall.

Premlall hopes the forum will be able to gain momentum during this work.

“[The illicit trade in tyres] is an issue that impacts all South Africans, as well as all industry players in the import, manufacturing and retail space.

“The coming together of these four powerful associations will definitely create further impetus to our drive.”

The forum says its efforts are designed to protect the consumer, as well as to minimise the impact on the tyre sector and the economy.

“Significant revenues are being lost as a result of certain importers and traders at the bottom end of the supply chain who are bringing in parts of very poor quality through compromised channels.

“These parts are not fit for purpose and do not adhere to local regulatory standards.

“Not only does this negatively impact a struggling economy, but it is also a safety hazard for unsuspecting consumers.”

SATMC managing executive Nduduzo Chala says the forum’s efforts will align with the work SATMC is doing behind the scenes with law enforcement agencies to identify and investigate cases of illicit tyre trade.

“We need to protect our industry and the livelihood this industry supports.

“The longer we allow illicit products to enter through our borders, the more we are going to see retrenchments happening in the sector and businesses closing down, not to mention the safety impact on the average motorist.”

Tiasa chairperson Charl de Villiers believes that addressing the issue requires a collaborative effort from all relevant stakeholders.