MOMBASA, Kenya, Mar 7 – Kenya Revenue Authority officials working at the Port of Mombasa on Wednesday busted a car syndicate in which high-end vehicles were being imported in the country concealed as household goods.
KRA said they intercepted three Range Rover model vehicles that were being imported into the country in two 40-foot containers.
The vehicles were; a Range Rover Sport, a Range Rover Vogue SE and a Range Rover Discovery.
KRA Commissioner of Customs and Border Control Kevin Safari said in a statement that the concealment was discovered during a customs clearance process at the Port of Mombasa.
In a statement, Safari said the import documents indicated that the consignment originated from the United Kingdom and was on transit to Uganda.
“During the cargo verification process, scanner images did not match with information in the importation documents,” he said.
One of the containers was said to have assorted household goods, a Vauxhall Insignia Elite and a Nissan Juke. However, upon verification, it was found to contain a Range Rover Sport and a Range Rover Vogue SE.
The consignor of this container was listed as Mr Aruchan Ivan of United Kingdom and the consignee as Mr Aruchan Ivan.
“The second container import documents indicated that it had one used Toyota YARIS VVT-1 and household goods. A verification exercise revealed a Land Rover discovery HSE TD 6 strategically concealed,” he added.
The consignor of the second container was listed as Mr Kibalama Bocan of United Kingdom and the consignee as Mr Kibalama Bocan of Kampala Uganda.
This interception is the latest achievement of the non-intrusive cargo scanner installed at the Port of Mombasa to address the challenges of concealments, misdeclaration, illicit flows and importation of counterfeits, he said.
The KRA officials, working together with the multi-agency taskforce at the Mombasa port, which included the National Intelligence Service (NIS), Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Interpol, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) busted the syndicate.
They had to subject the two containers to a 100 per cent verification of the containers.