The government has sealed a loophole that allows traders to flood the market with counterfeit goods.
National Assembly Trade and Industrialisation Committee chairperson Kanini Kega has explained how the government achieved this.
Previously, the inspection of goods was done after arrival, which is no longer the case.
“Goods used to be checked at the port when they arrived. That has changed because we learnt that work was overwhelming for our officers. Some goods would just escape that trap easily.
“Now the people who want to import, they inform us where we send concerned people to go and check if the goods meet the standard,” Kega said.
The Kieni MP said the strategy has made importers law abiding through paying taxes as the previous system saw many escape Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) points of tax collection.
“The country made losses because it was difficult for KRA to make sure everyone has paid taxes, as required. This could be the reason they failed to meet targets.”
Kega also revealed that the government was working to prevent other East African traders who use Mombasa Port from colluding with their Kenyan counterparts, to allow entry of sub-standard goods.
The war on counterfeits was launched in May, 2019 by President Uhuru Kenyatta, and has seen goods worth millions seized and destroyed.
Most of the affected goods are from China.