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State agencies under scrutiny over fake goods - 9 months ago, 24 June 13:11

The seizures and eventual destruction of contraband goods worth Sh1.2 billion this week should illustrate Kenya’s seriousness in its quest to stem counterfeits and seal taxation loopholes. But does it?

While the series of seizures across the country is a pointer that something is being done to curb the menace, major questions have arisen over the commitment of regulatory and enforcement agencies in fighting the influx of fake products blamed for denying Kenya over Sh100 billion in revenues annually.

One question being raised is how the items find their way into the country and are safely transported to last-mile godowns and eventually placed on store shelves.

Last Tuesday, ready-made undergarments passed off as baby blankets worth Sh11 million, 6,000 rolls of electrical cables worth Sh9.3 million as well as Sh21 million undergarments and misdeclared electrical items worth Sh80 million were found at the Nairobi Inland Container Depot.

Another 40 containers ferrying assorted electronic and ...
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