6 December 2017

Tanzania's Quality Control Body Destroys Counterfeits Worth Sh4.5 Billion

Dar es Salaam — The Fair Competition Commission (FCC) has, by 2015, destroyed counterfeit products worth Sh4.5 billion since its establishment in 2007, a new 2017 report shows.

The report dubbed 'The State of Counterfeit Goods in Tanzania Research Report' further states that there are many other goods in go-downs that have been impounded but are yet to be destroyed for various reasons including environmental destruction as claimed by the National Environmental Management Council (NEMC).

Presenting the findings of the report prepared by the Confederation of Tanzania Industries (CTI), consultant Ellis De Bruijin said some dumpsites were hindered from taking FCC cargoes.

"This hampers FCC progress in that it cannot destroy yet it has no storage facility for the impounded goods, which are hence stored in Tanzania Revenue Authority warehouses at the government's expense," she said.

She said at the time of writing the report, arrangements were being made to destroy goods worth approximately Sh1 billion at a private incinerator at Mkuranga on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam.

"The value of destroyed products is an indicator of the extent of counterfeit goods in the market," noted Ms Bruijin.

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