The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has released a comprehensive list of items that individuals entering Kenya must declare at all ports of entry.
The specified items encompass a wide range, including inherited possessions, duty-free shop purchases, alterations made to items abroad and brought back, gifts, business-related items, merchandise, and currency exceeding $10,000.
The KRA emphasizes the importance of declaring goods regulated under the East African Community Customs Management Act (EACCMA).
This move comes as part of the tax authority’s recent efforts to heighten vigilance at entry points, prompted by the observation of an increasing number of undeclared high-end mobile phones and restricted items such as firearms, magazines, drones, explicit materials, and narcotics entering the country.
In the period spanning July to October of the 2023/24 financial year, the KRA flagged approximately 5 percent of all scanned bags on average, demonstrating a commitment to enforcing customs regulations related to passenger categorization.
This proactive approach is to curb the inflow of illicit and prohibited goods, ensuring that Kenya’s borders remain secure and in compliance with the East African Community customs guidelines.
The Authority urged to adhere to the new declaration requirements to avoid penalties and contribute to a more robust customs control system at the nation’s entry points.