KRA intercepts two Range Rovers in tax evasion plot
14 October 2016, 10:07
Nairobi - Customs officials at Port of Mombasa have intercepted a container suspected to contain two luxury vehicles that were not declared by the importer.
According to a statement from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), the scanned images of the container No MSKUI849826BL957361627 show it was loaded with two Range Rovers that had not been declared in an attempt to evade paying taxes.
According to the images, the container was also loaded with a Peugeot and a Toyota Corolla which were duly manifested. The saloon vehicles were loaded at the front of the container in an apparent move to conceal the Range Rovers.
The importer also declared that the Container was carrying 600 bicycles but scanned images contradict the number since less than 200 bicycles could be visible. “Further, the importer declared another consignment of 200 bales of used clothing, 10 tables and 6 engines which are not visible in the scanned image,” noted the Authority.
The container will be subjected to further verification as KRA officials and other government agencies launch investigations to find out the reasons why the container has inconsistencies.
The verification will also unearth those behind the latest scandal. KRA has tightened the noose against the masterminds of the syndicate involved in evading tax by mis-declaring and under declaring of goods.
Effort by customs officials to contain the syndicate have in the recent past have been successful with several vehicles being seized and a number of suspects charged in Court.
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