Two containers with illegal milk powder evading 14 million duty seized by KRA

Two containers containing illegal milk powder have been seized at the Port of Mombasa having been declared to be gypsum.

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The Kenya Revenue Authority has nabbed two containers of contraband milk at the Port of Mombasa.

In a press statement, the authority said the goods had arrived at the port on October 1st and the goods had been profiled and targeted by October 17th.

Officers at the port scanned the two containers marked No. SEGU4628096 and TCLU1505551 and the images confirmed that the containers had been loaded with milk powder.

The containers had earlier been declared as containing gypsum in a bid to evade the high tax that milk power attracts.

The classification of milk powder under the Common External Tarrif of the east African Community sees it attract a hefty import duty rate of 60%.

According to the statement from KRA, the government stood to lose about 14 million shillings in revenue had the goods been sneaked into the market.

The two containers had been destined for TIRUMALLA Enterprises in Uganda ha KRA has said it will work with Ugandan officials to prosecute the perpetrators.

The recent case follows a number of high profile contraband discovery pointing the lengths at which most tax evaders go to.

It also highlights the extensive improvement on efforts to nab such contraband that are being deployed by KRA.

Recently, on October 20th, the taxman seized another two containers containing illegal batteries being sneaked into the country.

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