The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) with the aid of recently installed scanners has detected a concealment of new garments and milk powder in 24 forty-feet containers at the Port of Mombasa in one of the largest single seizures by the Authority.
The Commissioner for Customs and Border Control Julius Musyoki said the Government would have lost about Ksh75 million had the tax evaders managed to sneak the cargo out of the Port of Mombasa into the country without being detected.
KRA has of recent embraced more intelligence sharing, risk management and use of scanners at the Port of Mombasa. These measures have enabled the Authority and other State agencies at Kenya’s main Port to detect higher volume of contraband goods being sneaked into the country.
“Out of the 24 Containers, 21 contained new garments and shoes disguised as cold rooms being imported by horticultural farms. Three containers had a consignment of milk powder disguised as flasks and sewing machines,” he said in a statement send to the media.
To enhance vigilance in the war against counterfeits, the Authority has acquired and installed three additional scanners at the Port. Joint collaboration with other state agencies in combating this smuggling syndicate will continue and culprits will be prosecuted and the goods involved forfeited to the state.
KRA further reiterates its determination to firmly continue enforcing Customs and Border Control regulations as part of the broader campaign to seal revenue leakages while facilitating legitimate trade.