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Govt Announces Destruction of 213 Cars Imported by Kenyans



The Customs and Border Control Department announced plans to destroy over 213 high-end vehicles imported into the country by Kenyans.

According to a Gazette Notice Number 14833 dated Friday, December 2, the imported vehicles will be disposed of on January 4, 2023.

The decision to destroy the automobiles was attributed to the failure of the owners to collect them at the customs warehouse in Mombasa.

Affected owners were given a 30-day ultimatum to lodge complaints against the directive or collect their cars.

File photo of different imported vehicles destroyed at a warehouse.

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“Pursuant to the provisions of sections 42 and 248 of the East African Community Customs Management Act. 2004, notice is given that the under-mentioned condemned goods shall be disposed of by way of destruction on January 4, 2023, after the expiry of thirty (30) days from the publication of this notice,” the Customs and Border Control Department announced.

Destruction of uncollected goods by the government paves the way for storing other imported items docking at the Port of Mombasa.

It also aids the Customs and Border Control Department in conducting proper audits before releasing its financial reports.

Among the vehicles lined up for destruction starting on January 4, 2023, include Jeep Chrysler Cherokee, Mercedes Benz, Toyota Prado and Chevrolet.

Others set for destruction include Land Rover, Touring Wagon, different Subaru models, BMW, Harrier, Renault and even Wingroads.

The Customs Department also included Toyota models, Nissan and Mitsubishi, in the list of imported cars lined up for destruction.

Trucks, lorries, pickups, double-cabins and tractors are also set to be destroyed.

However, the government did not reveal the value of the cars set to be crashed and their country of origin. 

Imported vehicles at the port of Mombasa.

Imported vehicles at the port of Mombasa.