TRALAC - Trade Law Centre

AGOA's Success Proves Its Soundness

Monday, 19 January 2004

Source: The Nation (Nairobi)

A multi-million shilling garment import racket has been exposed at the port of Mombasa.

Unscrupulous businessmen have been using the port to import ready-made garments from Far East for re-export to America under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa).

Five people are in police custody and a container with contraband goods is being detained by the Kenya Revenue Authority at the port, according to Corporate Affairs Manager Lucy Njoe.

The interception of the garments follows another incident in which KRA seized two containers after the owners tried to have them released without paying duty.

Garments manufactured by companies in Export Processing Zones (EPZs) for export to America under Agoa are duty-exempt.

The interception of the ready-made garments follows another incident in which KRA seized two containers after the owners attempted to have them released from the port without duty being paid.

The containers had been smuggled out of the port allegedly destined to a Container Freight Station (CFS) but were diverted to a private warehouse in an attempt to evade duty payment.

Container Freight Stations were started by the Government with the aim of decongesting the port have turned into conduits for tax evasion and diversion of transit goods into the Kenyan market.

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