In Summary
  • Kenya Revenue Authority had given the importers a 30-day notice for them to pay the required duty but failed to do so.
  • Mr Kinoti added that another auction would take place on January 17 in which many vehicles and other assorted goods would be sold.

Cargo worth millions of shillings went under the hammer on Wednesday at the Mombasa port after importers failed to pay duty to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

KRA deputy commissioner in charge of Southern Region Nicholas Kinoti said the assorted goods were auctioned after the importers failed to collect their cargo due to non-payment of duty.

He said the taxman had given the importers a 30-day notice for them to pay the required duty but failed to do so.

“It is important for importers to pay duty when their goods arrive at the Port of Mombasa so that they can collect their cargo,” he said.

“Upon failure by the importers to collect their cargo, KRA is mandated to auction the goods to generate revenue,” he added.

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Speaking at the customs warehouse at the port during the auction, he called on Kenyans to participate in the sale.

The cargo included vehicles, household items, electrical appliances, travelling bags and washing machines. “The auctioning of uncollected cargo is part of efforts by KRA to decongest the Port of Mombasa. When the goods are sold, it creates room for incoming cargo,” he said.

Mr Kinoti added that another auction would take place on January 17 in which many vehicles and other assorted goods would be sold. The official said some cargo could not be auctioned as it was still being held for verification or awaiting valuation by the concerned agencies.

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