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KRA goes for clearing agents for evading import duty.

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[Mohamed Ali Abdi and Abdifatah Ali Noor directors of All freight logistics before Mombasa court. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

Three directors of two clearing and forwarding firms were on Thursday arraigned before a Mombasa Court charged in two separate cases, with using false customs documents to evade total payment of import duty worth 1.7 million shillings.

In the first case, Mohamed Ali Abdi and Abdifatah Ali Noor, directors of All freight logistics were faced with two counts that On or about 24th June, 2020, being the directors of a limited liability company, and a limited liability company respectively, jointly with others not before court unlawfully used false documents being Entry number to the Commissioner of Customs and Border Control which they knew or ought to have known to be false thereby evading to paying cumulative import taxes of. 1.1 million shillings.

On the second count, on or about 24th June, 2020, being directors of a limited liability company and a limited liability company respectively, jointly with others not before court unlawfully used false documents by use of wrong custom regime code that led to potential loss of taxes amounting to 1.1 million shillings on an entry to the Commissioner of Customs and Border Control, which they knew or ought to have known to be false.

The accused denied committing the offence before Mombasa senior resident magistrate Martin Rabera, who released them on a 500,000 shillings bond or an alternative of 100,000 shillings cash bail.

The case will be mention on 6th August 2020.

In the second case before the same court, George Onyango Orek faced two counts of declaring imported goods under tax exemption regime code knowing well that the Importer did not qualify for tax exemption, leading to evasion of import duty worth 564,422 shillings.

[The Jamreks enterprises George Onyango Orek before Mombasa court. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

The prosecution alleged the accused who was charged alongside the firm Jamreks enterprises which he is a director, falsely declared that one Mariam Mariga Muye, was returning from abroad and she had brought used personal items, but upon verification by investigators, it was found that the importer had never travelled out of Kenya, and that the goods belonged to several individuals as per markings on packages.

In the first count, on or about 24th June, 2020, being a director of a limited liability company, and a limited liability company respectively, jointly with others not before court unlawfully used a false entry number to the Commissioner of Customs and Border Control which he knew or ought to have known to be false thereby evading to pay cumulative import taxes of 564, 422

The second count stated on or about 24th June, 2020, being a director of a limited liability company, and a limited liability company respectively, jointly with others not before court unlawfully used false documents by use of wrong custom regime code that led to potential loss of taxes amounting to  564,422 shillings on an entry to the Commissioner of Customs and Border Control, which he knew or ought to have known to be false.

KRA Investigators have detained the consignment and will ensure that the goods are declared under the correct tax regime and adequate taxes are paid before they are released.