Counterfeit products worth Sh1.2 billion seized over the last seven years

Counterfeit goods valued at Sh1.2 billion have been seized in the country by the Anti-Counterfeit Agency (ACA) in the last seven years.

ACA chief inspector Caspar Oluoch said so far counterfeit goods worth Sh500 million have been destroyed. He explained that the counterfeit cargo included electronic gadgets such as mobile phones, DVD players, toners, print cartridges and bulbs.

Other counterfeit goods included Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) refilling equipment, detergents as well as illicit sugar and rice. Some of the fake goods the anti-counterfeit agency seized were cigarettes which had been imported from China which had been declared as cotton buds.

Mr Oluoch said the fake cigarettes valued at Sh43 million which were seized in 2012 were destroyed in Mombasa in 2014. The head of the anti-counterfeit agency revealed that two containers of illicit sugar were seized in Mombasa in 2014.