Kenya has shipped back for vehicles stolen and brought into the country illegally in April, to the United Kingdom
Three Range Rovers and one Mercedes Benz were on Friday loaded on a truck and transported to a vessel for shipment to the UK.
This is after a joint effort by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), DCI Detectives, Kenya Ports Authority and the UK’s National Crime Vehicle Service which led to the interception.
The vehicles whose worth is more that 40million are believed to have been stolen from Berkshire, London, and Oxford shire between 11th November,2018 and 7th February.
The vehicles had been seized between March and September this year and were believed to be destined for various countries within East Africa through the Port of Mombasa.
According to a statement by the KRA 21 high-end vehicles valued at more than Sh130 million stolen from the UK have been intercepted at the port of Mombasa.
“The vehicles had been shipped at ports in the UK and Belgium,” said KRA acting commissioner of Intelligence and Strategic Operations Dr Terra Saidimu.
“According to the manifest all the 21 vehicles were intended for transit through Kenya and arrival at other destinations in East Africa.”
A joint statement from the KRA,KPA and DCI on Friday said that an international organized syndicate that had been involved in importing counterfeit motor vehicles was disrupted.
The agencies said that the operation included heightening surveillance and enforcement measures at all ports of entry and exit.
They further stated that the seizure and the reshipment of the stolen vehicles was a success against illicit trade putting on notice the perpetrators behind the trade.
The vehicles will be received in the UK and later taken to their owners after being identified.