9 July 2014

Kenya: KRA Suspends Agent in Copper Export Incident

KENYA Revenue Authority has suspended the customs clearing agent involved in the shipment of the Sh300 million Copper ore seized at the port of Mombasa on Monday.

Chasah Logistic Ltd processed the shipment on behalf of the exporter--BootCut Mining Company Ltd, Nairobi, on June 17.

The single administrative document in KRA's Simba system shows the goods were being exported to Ningbo Dongcan International Trading Company Ltd in China.

Speaking to the Star on phone yesterday KRA Southern Region senior assistant communication commissioner Fatma Yusuf said the agency has started investigations on the agent's operations.

"We are investigating the company for further action which will include prosecution," said Yusuf. Chasah logistics is accused of clearing the goods which were wrongly declared.

The eight 20-foot containers seized by the Ministry of Mining officials and KRA had been declared as "iron ore".

Mining Secretary Najib Balala on Monday led a team from the mines and geology department, who said the more than 200tonnes of minerals were indeed "copper ore".

The minerals are suspected to have come from mines in Nyatike, Migori county.

"The agent deliberately and falsely declared the goods as iron ore. The goods did not have an export permit and the exporter had not paid royalties to the government. The whole process should have documents to prove the consignment had been cleared for export by relevant authorities," Yusuf said.

BootCut Ltd stands to lose its mining licence after Balala said the ministry will revoke it.

By the time of going to press, the CS was leading ministry officials in a meeting in Nairobi, to deliberate on further action on the company.

Mines and geology acting commissioner Moses Njiru, who spoke to the Star on phone, said the ministry will give directives after the meeting.


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