Contraband goods worth over 70 million shillings have been nabbed this month alone by the Anti-counterfeit agency as the menace takes its toll on the country’s economy.
To this end, Industrialization Cabinet secretary Adan Mohammed has directed that all containers at the port of Mombasa and border entry points be subjected to random inspection by the anti-counterfeit agency with immediate effect.
Annually the country loses up to 70 billion shilling due to proliferation of contraband goods into the economy.
The war against contraband goods is still far from over despite increased surveillance. In the month of December alone, the anti-counterfeit agency seized contraband goods worth 70 million shillings with goods intercepted by the agency throughout the year are worth 800 million shillings.
CS Mohammed vowed to destroy the counterfeit items in the coming months once the legal battles are resolved.
The CS issued a raft of measures among them that all containers at the port of Mombasa and border entry points be subjected to random inspection by the anti-counterfeit agency.
He further notes that the war against counterfeits is a must win if Kenya is to achieve increased industrialization and creation of jobs.
According to the CS, some of the contraband that find their way into the market are hazardous and unfit for consumption. He further warned foreigner perpetrating the illicit trade that their days are numbered.