KRA impounds luxury cars declared as personal effects and household goods

KRA impounds luxury cars declared as personal effects and household goods

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One of the Range Rovers impounded by KRA. The vehicles were concealed in a cargo container, loaded with baby walkers and used mattresses, earlier shipped from the United Kingdom. PHOTO: BRIAN OSWETA

Mombasa, KENYA: High value motor vehicles, declared as personal effects and household goods were on Tuesday impounded by Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) at the Mombasa port.

The KRA officials based at the port of Mombasa had earier last week seized 2 Range Rovers and 1 Mercedes Benz vehicles, valued at Kshs. 28million and with an estimated tax value of Kshs. 8.5million

The vehicles were said to have been concealed in a cargo container, loaded with baby walkers and used mattresses, earlier shipped from the United Kingdom.

This according to KRA, would have caused the government to lose Shs. 8.5million in tax revenue had  KRA officials who scanned the 40 ft. container failed to spot the carefully concealed cargo.

The importer, Mr. Saidar Muteweta of London (UK) is reported to have declared the goods as personal effects and household goods which were destined to a consignee in Uganda, a Mr. Abubakari Sekimwanyi.

All the three motor vehicles are currently detained at the Customs Warehouse for safe custody.

Meanwhile, KRA officials over the weekend identified yet another container whose preliminary investigations, indicate that the declaration does not conform to the scanned images.

According to the details submitted to KRA, Container No. HLBU1231204 allegedly contains household goods and personal effects, whilst the scanned image appear to be of a luxurious car.

This comes after Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa had claimed that car importers are using dubious methods to sneak drugs into the country.

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This particular container is said to have arrived at the port on 14.03.16 from the UK in transit to Uganda. The supplier is a Mr. Ronnie Musisi, while the consignee is a Mr. Robert Musisi.

 

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