The Anti-Counterfeit Authority has said it has seized goods valued at more than Sh100 million in the last month, most of it originating from the far East countries. Addressing the press on Monday, ACA executive director Elema Halake said among nabbed goods included electrical appliances, sportswear and equipment of premium trademarks, motor vehicle spare parts, digital TV antennas and toners. He said most of the counterfeit products find their way into the country through the seaports with 70 per cent passing through the main Port of Mombasa.
The authority has said it is strengthening its capacity to detect counterfeit goods at the ports of entry through use of modern technology and automation as well as leveraging multi-agency collaborations. Halake has also said that counterfeiting is the largest form of illicit trade, costing manufacturers 40%of the market share. (…)