Kenya will take the war against counterfeit goods to the doors of China, as the government declares a two-pronged strategy also targeting local ports of entry.
Industrialisation Cabinet secretary Aden Mohamed made the remarks on Friday at the Inland Container Depot (ICD) in Nairobi where he exposed a consignment of Sh25 million counterfeit goods intercepted one week ago.
The source of the fake cargo, consisting of mainly pharmaceuticals and electronics, was established to be China shipped through Dubai have. Anti-Counterfeit Agency (ACA) officials said by the time all the goods are exposed the value could rise to Sh50 million.
“We are taking this war to the source of these goods, as well as at our ports of entry. We would entertain counterfeit and illicit traders,” said the CS.
The items intercepted according to ACA deputy director in charge of enforcement and legal services, Johnson Adera, include 31, 000 pairs of Postinor-2 contraceptives valued at Sh7 million; 50,000 pieces of Philips Fluorescent tube bulbs worthy Sh5 million among others.
The contraceptives targeted at least 31,000 women in Kenya. “Others that we have already earmarked for destruction include hundreds of packs of condoms; 951 pieces of fake Gucci purses and 4,000 radio speakers,” he said.
Adera said the seized goods would be destroyed, adding that they had identified four cargo owners who will be interrogated. He, however, lamented that ACA was understaffed. “We only have 24 ACA inspectors, and only two at the ICD. We need adequate personnel to deal with this menace,” he said.