KRA confiscates Ksh. 238 m in foreign currency

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Kenya Revenue Authority’s (KRA) Customs unit based at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Tuesday confiscated Ksh. 238 million ($2 m) in foreign currency from a traveller.

The suspect, a Kenyan national who touched down from Bujumbura, Burundi, had conveniently hidden the American currency in a parcel.  

The money was seized following a wrongful declaration on the intended destination of the parcel by the suspect.

“Upon arrival, the passenger made a declaration of the currency indicating the origin as Banque de Credit de Bujumbura (BCB) to a recipient Brinks Global Services, Kenya,” KRA’s Custom and Borders Patrol department said in a statement.

“After clearance by Customs Unit, the traveller later presented the same money at the Swissport Cargo shed with different export documents for shipment to Global Services, UK. The documents produced to support the export request were different from those produced on entry into the country.

KRA has since invited the Asset Recovery Agency (ARA) to assist in investigating the matter as a possible money-laundering attempt.

The taxman encourages passengers to correctly declare all cargo/items at the Ports of entry and exit as required under the provisions of the Second and Third Schedules of the EAC Customs Management Act, 2004.

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