An integrated facility for destruction of illegal goods seized by agencies involved in the fight against counterfeits and contraband goods is set to be installed in Mombasa by the Anti-Counterfeits Authority (ACA) and spearheaded by the Kenya Ports Authority.
The Executive Director of the Anti-Counterfeits Authority (ACA), Elema Halake reportedly said that the project will fill the void as the country lacks such a facility for destroying seized counterfeits and other illegal products.
“We are looking at an integrated facility for destruction of illegal goods seized by agencies that play a role in the fight against counterfeits and contraband goods. This mega integrated destruction facility will be built in Mombasa and the KPA is spearheading the project,” Elema Said
Speaking further, Elema said that counterfeit products cannot be disposed except through destruction. He said the mega facility is going to handle the destruction of various products from food items to cosmetics among other dangerous goods such as fake liquified petroleum gas (LPG).
Elema added that destruction of counterfeit products which was seized such as fluorescent bulbs, toothpaste, toners, electricals/bulbs, detergents, fertilizer, motor vehicle lubricants among others has been a serious challenge for the agency because of the lack of a destruction facility.
Others are petroleum products, alcoholic beverages, steel and building materials, cigarettes, livestock and agriculture products, cosmetics, foodstuffs and bottled water, leather, sugar and textiles.
Elema disclosed that the ACA is holding counterfeit goods worth Sh1.6 billion in its depots.
While speaking on the achievements of the agency, Elema reportedly said that the agency has prosecuted 44 cases in court and recorded substantial seizures.