Kenya has ramped up its efforts in combating the importation of counterfeit products via its port in the coastal city of Mombasa.
Through its Trade Ministry, the East African nation is making renewed efforts to curb the inflow of substandard goods.
Adan Mohamed, the country’s Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, said his department has partnered with Kenya’s Anti-Counterfeit Authority in a bid to ensure all products entering the country are genuine.
During a visit to the Anti-Counterfeit Authority of Kenya in late December, Mohamed announced new measures aimed at curbing the trade of counterfeit products.
The Anti-Counterfeit Authority has for the last one year, impounded goods worth over Ksh800 million ($7.7 million) in what Mohamed termed a relentless war against counterfeit goods.
“Containers arriving at the Port of Mombasa will now be subjected to random inspection by the Anti-Counterfeit Authority in addition to increased vigilance along border points,” the Cabinet Secretary said in a recent address.
“Traders found dealing in counterfeits will face stiffer penalties, including deportation,” he added.
The Ministry’s directive comes at a time when Mohamed has been receiving praise for his efforts in developing Kenya’s trade sector.
The Cabinet Secretary recently won an accolade dubbed the African Leadership Excellence Award for his role in advancing Kenya as a trade and investment hub.
The award was presented less than two weeks ago by the UK-Africa Trade and Investment Forum 2017, an international trade and investment platform that seeks to strengthen trade and investment arrangements between Africa and global economies.