Anti-Counterfeit Authority together with the Multi-agency enforcement team on counterfeit goods has destroyed counterfeit goods worth Khs 27million at Athi River.
The counterfeit goods comprised of assorted items ranging from fast moving consumer goods like clothing, footwear, alcohol, electrical goods and apparel among others which were replicas of popular local and international brand.
“This is a significant milestone for the Authority. Through a very thorough exercise that took place over a long period of time, we were able to work closely with other enforcement teams and nab these goods,” said Elema Halake, executive director, Anti-Counterfeit Authority.
Halake said the initiative goes a long way to contribute to the National Action Plan against counterfeiting and illicit trade in the country.
“This initiative also marks the beginning of World Anti-Counterfeit celebrations that the world celebrates during the first week of June every year,” concluded Mr. Halake.
Halake said the raid is a critical step in the continuous effort of fighting counterfeit products in the country.
“This underscores our serious commitment to rid the local markets off fake brands that are not fit for human consumption.”
On her part, Betty Maina, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives noted that counterfeit products contribute to reduced essential tax revenue, impacts on foreign direct investment prospects and contributes to serious health risks.