The Kenya Revenue Authority has incorporated 12 scanners across major import depots in the country in an effort to curb fraudulent entry of imports.
The scanners will be assimilated into operations at the Mombasa Port, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi’s Inland Container Depot and different Container Freight Stations across the country.
According to KRA Deputy Commissioner in the Southern region, Nicholas Kinoti, the 12 scanners come with Optical Character Reading technology that will allow cargoes to be inspected without compromising the integrity of the consignment. If the consignments do not pass the non-intrusive verification tools they will be detained by the KRA for further inspection.
Mr. Kinoti also revealed that the scanners will be observed and monitored from the Mombasa and Nairobi stations.
The project hailed as the National Integrated Scanners Solutions will help in enhancing international and local trade, high revenue collection and quick cargo clearance in the ports.
The announcement comes just two days after President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the Kenya Revenue Authority Regional Electronic Cargo Tracking System (RECTS) and the Integrated Scanner Command Centre (ISCC) in Nairobi.
During the launch, the Commander-in-Chief reiterated that there would be no room for tax evaders in the country.
“The law must reflect the seriousness of tax collection and the consequences of default, there should be no room for tax evaders to thrive in Kenya, criminal cartels like those smuggling imported taxable goods through our ports of entry ought to be easily detected and contained in the shortest time possible,” the President said.
In addition, the President instructed the tax collector to focus its attention on high end individuals whose lifestyles are not reflective of the taxes they pay to the government.