Dealers in fakes defy Uhuru graft crackdown

Seized counterfeit goods at the Anti-Counterfeit Agency godown in Nairobi. PHOTO | FILE NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Importers of cheap, low quality goods are colluding with pre-shipment inspectors, quality inspectors at the port of Mombasa and some tax officials to turn Kenya into a dumping ground for fakes.
  • The dumped products include rice, cooking fat, bicycle and truck tyres, children and adult diapers, shoes, sanitary pads, and alcohol.
  • Between April and August 5, Customs allowed several traders to pass 135 20-foot containers of broken rice that had already failed the Kenya Bureau of Standard test.
  • This new loophole also allowed consolidated goods to enter the country with no further checks.

Sub-standard goods are pouring into the country, putting the public at risk and undermining the government’s crackdown on corruption.

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