Under the ministry of Trade, a Multiagency Anti-Illicit Trade Outreach team that has been on a hunt for counterfeit products on Friday carried out an operation in Mombasa’s Bamburi Cement.
The team in its operation destroyed goods worth Sh10 million. The goods included rice, beauty products and shoes seized between 2017 and 2018.
Trade Principal Secretary Chris Kiptoo said the action will go along way in snuffing out the trade.
“Left unchecked, illicit trade, especially in counterfeit goods, will be the biggest impediment to achieving our economic goals that are anchored on the ‘Big Four Agenda’ and Vision 2030,” Dr Kiptoo said.
Dr Kiptoo observed that the counterfeit industry promotes unfair competition, depriving honest businesspeople of adequate income.
He added that they are setting up full-time operations at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Inland Container Depot in Nairobi as a measure to boost the war against counterfeit goods.