The SA Paint Manufacturing Association (SAPMA) has warned its members to be extra cautious when purchasing overseas-sourced raw materials for paint production to avoid falling victim to fraud.

 

The SA Paint Manufacturing Association (SAPMA) has warned its members to be extra cautious when purchasing overseas-sourced raw materials for paint production to avoid falling victim to fraud.

Deryck Spence, executive director of SAPMA, says the association has in recent months learnt of at least three incidents where members’ imports contained unexpected surprises.

“In the first incident, SAPMA members who were importing raw materials from Egypt were provided with quality samples – but woefully sub-standard shipments after orders had been placed. The orders totalled millions of rands and SAPMA members stood to suffer devastating losses. SAPMA raised the matter with the local Egyptian Trade and Industry Department and then also with the Egyptian Embassy in South Africa – and managed to get compensation for our members.

“Then, in the second instance, a SAPMA member ordered titanium tri-oxide from a Chinese supplier. The first container to arrive in South Africa was filled with the correct raw material, but the second contained sea sand. No compensation could be obtained in this case.

“Finally, another SAPMA member also nearly became a victim of a Chinese export sham. Our member ordered a container load of 210-litre drums of solvent, but the drums that arrived in the container that reached South Africa were filled with seawater. In this case, fortunately, the member had bought the shipment on a letter of credit basis and managed to instruct the bank involved to stop payment,” Spence added. 

Issued for SAPMA, Bedfrodview
Further info: Deryck Spence
Tel: 011 455 2503
Website: www.sapma.org.za