The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has intensified its fight on substandard goods and illicit trade in the country.
On Monday, KEBS Managing Director, Charles Ongwae, inspected and condemned for destruction five containers with goods valued at shs 19 million at the Inland Container Depot in Nairobi.
The condemned goods range from used undergarments (mitumba clothes), counterfeited electric cables, roofing sheets, galvanized steel rolls and other assorted goods that failed compliance standards and legislation.
Speaking at the scene, Ongwae, warned importers that severe penalties will be imposed on prohibited substandard, counterfeit or contraband cargo nabbed at the ports of entry including destruction at the importers expense, because some of these products can harm human beings, animals or the environment.
“We are subjecting all consolidated goods to 100 percent verification including cargo coming through Eldoret airport, used clothes and shoes with an objective of getting rid of substandard and counterfeit/contraband trade”, Ongwae added.
“KEBS appreciates the efforts of all genuine importers and manufacturers who comply with the law and is committed to collaborate with all businesses to weed out perpetrators of illicit trade. The target of the multi-agency team is to spur growth of our economy and trade in quality goods. I therefore call upon importers and local manufacturers to comply with the law,” said the MD.
He further stressed that KEBS will continue to avail standards that are used to facilitate trade, protect consumers from harmful and poor-quality goods and finally protecting the environment.
Kenya Bureau of Standards is a statutory body established under the Standards Act (CAP 496) of the laws of Kenya. KEBS mandate is to provide standardization solutions for sustainable development. Beyond that, KEBS is mandated to provide standardization and conformity assessment services.