Customs officials have busted a syndicate at the port of Mombasa involving importation of overage motor vehicle parts which are mis-declared in import documents to circumvent the eight-years rule on importation of vehicles.
Recently, KRA intercepted and seized two 40 feet containers which were loaded with parts of heavy commercial vehicles from Hong Kong.
Two suspects were arrested and taken to court after KRA investigation and enforcement department detectives undertook 100pc verification on the consignment.
After the verification, it was established that the containers were loaded with heavy commercial vehicle parts including engines, trailer heads, chassis and other parts.
Investigators believe that the parts could have been purchased as scrap metals. The seized consignment had been declared as a Mitsubishi Canter truck contrary to what was found after verification.
The suspects behind the syndicate were arraigned in court last week and charged with importing prohibited goods contrary to section 200 (a) of the East African Community Customs management Act 2004.
Before Mombasa chief magistrate Edna Nyaloti, the suspects Abubakar Said Abubakar and Ahmed Saleh Ahmed, directors of Kokotoni Investments Limited were charged that on July 21 2019, at Kilindini port in Mombasa terminal, jointly with others not before court imported used motor vehicle chassis with a dutiable value of Sh7.1 million which are prohibited.
The accused pleaded not guilty and were released on a bond of Sh1 million and a surety of the same amount, with an alternative cash bail of Sh300,000.