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Fake goods worth Sh100m netted in crackdown

The Anti-Counterfeit Authority on Monday said it has confiscated goods worth Sh100 million in the last month, most of it originating from Far East countries.

The Agency said most of the counterfeit products find their way into the country through the seaports, with 70 per cent passing through the port of Mombasa.

“With us today is an assortment of counterfeit goods seized in the last one month, valued at over Sh100 million,” said the Agency.

Goods nabbed included electrical appliances, sportswear, equipment of premium trademarks, motor vehicle spare parts, digital TV antennas and toners.

The authority said it is strengthening its capacity to detect counterfeit goods at the ports of entry through use of technology and automation as well as leveraging multi-agency collaborations.

In February, the agency announced plans to elevate efforts in fighting illicit trade with the backing of the government.

The authority projects that nearly three quarters of Kenyans use counterfeit goods.

According to their research, most counterfeited goods in the market are mobile phones at 51.8 per cent, alcohol (30.8), DVD players (26.4) while bottled water is at 24 per cent.