KRA seizes three high-end vehicles worth Ksh.40M at Mombasa port

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Containers are seen at the main port in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa March 7, 2013. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

In Summary

  • The authority, in a press release, said the vehicles – two Range Rovers and a Mercedes Benz – were seized following an intensified crackdown against the importation of contraband goods.
  • A container which was declared to be loaded with household goods was reportedly found to have actually been loaded with the vehicles during verification at the Container Freight Station (CFS).

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) on Tuesday seized three concealed high-end vehicles worth Ksh.40 million at the Port of Mombasa.

The authority, in a press release, said the vehicles – two Range Rovers and a Mercedes Benz – were seized following an intensified crackdown against the importation of contraband goods.

A container which was declared to be loaded with household goods was reportedly found to have actually been loaded with the vehicles during verification at the Container Freight Station (CFS).

“On July 30, 2019, Customs Enforcement Southern Region received scanner alert pointing towards mis-declaration of a 40-foot container,” read the press release.

“The container which had been declared to contain personal and household effects were inspected non-intrusively using the Customs X ray scanner in Mombasa. The scanner image revealed that the contents of the container were three high-end motor vehicles, inconsistent with the declaration.”

According to KRA, the manifest showed that the cargo was from the United Kingdom destined for Kampala, Uganda.

The taxman however added that, from preliminary findings at the verification process, the three motor vehicle units could have been stolen from the United Kingdom.

“Kenya Revenue Authority is working in partnership with the local and international investigation and enforcement agents including the National Intelligence Service (NIS), the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the Kenyan and International Police (Interpol) to get to the root of the syndicate,” added the statement.

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