NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 15 – Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has intercepted 24 forty feet containers of concealed new garments and milk powder at the Port of Mombasa in the largest single seizure by the Authority.
The concealment was detected after subjecting the containers to scanning processes.
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.
The Government would have lost approximately Sh75 million had the tax evaders managed to sneak the cargo out of the Port of Mombasa into the country without being detected.
“KRA has embraced more intelligence sharing, risk management and use of scanners at the Port of Mombasa. These measures have immensely enabled the Authority and other state agencies at the Port detect a higher volume of contraband goods being sneaked into the country,” KRA said in a statement.
To enhance vigilance in the war against counterfeits, KRA acquired and installed three additional scanners at the Port in a bid to enhance vigilance in the war against counterfeits.
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 & Border Control regulations as part of the broader campaign to seal revenue leakages while facilitating legitimate trade,” the Authority noted.