, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 16 – Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) on Thursday destroyed counterfeit excisable goods worth Sh60 million.
The goods comprising of wines, spirits and cigarettes were recently seized from unscrupulous traders in Nakuru, Eldoret, Nyeri and Embu.
“KRA has decided to enhance its market surveillance operations to ensure that traders adhere to rules and regulations set up by the Authority. This is to ensure that only approved excisable goods are consumed by the public but and also that taxes due to the government are paid,” KRA Head of the Market Surveillance Caxton Masudi said.
A team of KRA officers from the Market Surveillance Office (MSO) unit who have been conducting countrywide inspections on traders suspected to be selling fake excisable merchandise to unsuspecting consumers.
“KRA had embarked on a countrywide inspection drive to enhance compliance levels among traders selling excisable goods,” Masudi said.
The market surveillance operations entail inspection of excisable goods, inspection of premises and transactional records to ensure compliance with the Turn Over Tax (TOT) Value Added Tax (VAT) and Customs and Excise Laws.
To enhance compliance levels, traders selling excisable goods are also required to issue Electronic Tax Register (ETR) receipts on all sale transactions.
The destruction of the goods took place in Ruai, Nairobi and was witnessed by representatives from Nairobi County Commissioner’s Office, National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA).