2,280 con­tain­ers nabbed at port over mis­de­clared goods

Business Daily (Kenya) - - SHIPPING & LOGISTICS - The in­ter­cep­tion, was en­abled by the Cus­toms Cargo Scan­ners in­stalled at the port of Mom­basa

The Kenya Rev­enue Author­ity has in­ter­cepted 2,282 con­tain­ers for mis-dec­la­ra­tion of goods since Jan­uary.

The de­tails are con­tained in a state­ment from the com­mis­sioner for Cus­toms and Bor­der Con­trol Julius Musyoki.

The in­ter­cep­tion, it said, was en­abled by the Cus­toms Cargo Scan­ners in­stalled at the port of Mom­basa.

“Out of the 70,000 scanned im­port con­tain­ers be­tween Jan­uary 1 and Au­gust 30 this year, 2,282 con­tain­ers have been in­ter­cepted,” said the state­ment.

“Most of them had mis-dec­la­ra­tion of items rang­ing from highly taxed gar­ments, cos­met­ics, elec­tron­ics, ve­hi­cle parts and the re­stricted gam­ing ma­chines. Th­ese are nor­mally dis­guised as low taxed items such as agri­cul­tural items, farm im­ple­ments and tools, fur­ni­ture’s, per­sonal ef­fects and egg in­cu­ba­tors.”

One of the most notable cases was the in­ter­cep­tion of Range Rover ve­hi­cles that had been de­clared as house­hold goods and con­cealed with baby walk­ers at con­tainer door and con­cealed coun­ter­feit East Africa cables at ICDN at the rear side of con­sol­i­dated cargo con­tainer.

“Other cases were the in­ter­cep­tion of con­cealed new gar­ments that had been de­clared as egg in­cu­ba­tors that at­tract no im­port duty. There was the con­ceal­ing of gam­ing ma­chines at the rear side of con­tain­ers dis­guised as re­frig­er­a­tors,” KRA added.

The com­mis­sioner said that they have al­ready put in place new mea­sures that are aimed at end­ing tax eva­sion and also to erad­i­cate con­tra­band goods and fight against the im­por­ta­tion of coun­ter­feits

“We are work­ing on in­te­gra­tion of scan­ners and es­tab­lish­ment of com­mand cen­tres which will give us a 3-D view of the en­tire scan­ning process and en­hance man­age­ment of the scan­ners.

“We have plans to in­vest in more ad­vanced cargo scan­ners which are ca­pa­ble of giv­ing bet­ter im­age qual­ity and have ca­pa­bil­i­ties of au­to­mat­i­cally de­tect­ing con­tra­band,” the state­ment fur­ther noted.

The com­mis­sioner said that although not all the im­ported cargo through the Port of Mom­basa is scanned, 60 per cent of the cargo has to go through scan­ning.

He added that KRA wants to achieve 100 per cent of scan­ning of con­tainer­ised, pal­letised and bag­gage cargo in near fu­ture.

“Be­fore the in­tro­duc­tion of scan­ners at Mom­basa port, most con­tra­band goods used to get ac­cess through var­i­ous con­ceal­ment methods but that has dras­ti­cally re­duced. A lot of rev­enue losses were due to mis-dec­la­ra­tions and con­ceal­ments which have also dras­ti­cally re­duced.”

Con­tain­ers at the In­land Con­tainer De­pot in Nairobi -- FILE

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Kenya

© PressReader. All rights reserved.