KRA enhances vigilance at entry points as crackdown on restricted items intensifies
The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has announced enhanced vigilance at all entry points in the country even as the crackdown on restricted and prohibited items intensifies.
In a statement, the taxman said the move was necessitated by the increase of entry of high-end mobile phones and non-declaration of prohibited and restricted goods such as guns, magazines, drones, pornographic material and narcotic drugs.
"The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has enhanced vigilance across all ports of entry in a bid to enhance compliance with Customs regulations on restricted and prohibited items. The move comes after KRA observed an upward trend in entry of high-end mobile phones and non-declaration of prohibited and restricted goods such as guns, magazines, drones, pornographic material and narcotic drugs at various ports of entry," KRA stated.
Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife Dr Alfred Mutua said that his Ministry has collaborated with the taxman to ensure the passenger clearance process is seamless.
"We are going to collect taxes and no one is going to feel that they are being harassed," he said.
KRA commissioner general
According to Commissioner General Humphrey Wattanga, the taxman is stationed at various ports of entry for purposes of facilitating trade and management of entry and exit of passengers and their accompanying goods.
"We have further enhanced our processes through use of technology to aid correct identification and verification of all baggage and imported items. Border control is a matter of national security and we are going to collaborate with relevant agencies to ensure the public is adequately sensitized on requirements for entry into Kenya," he said.
KRA noted that from July to October 2023, after the non-intrusive scanning of all baggage, KRA on average flagged out five per cent of all scanned bags which were processed.