Practically three quarters of Kenyans use counterfeit items, in keeping with a analysis by Anti-Counterfeits Company.
Out of the 70 per cent above, solely 19 per cent buy counterfeit items knowingly, 49.6 per cent declare they purchased the products as a result of they had been low cost, 17.three per cent had been on the lookout for authentic gadgets however couldn’t discover and 18.three per cent weren’t conscious of the dangers.
Probably the most counterfeited items out there are cellphones at 51.Eight per cent, alcohol at 30.Eight per cent, DVD gamers at 26.four per cent whereas bottled water is at 24 per cent.
Different items embody lubricants not too long ago seized in Industrial Space, laptop software program, equipment and toners.
ACA chair Flora Mutahi attributed counterfeiting to branding and trademark manipulation, mis-spelling of names and colouring.
“Whereas there’s a marketplace for low cost counterfeit items, it’s not straightforward for customers to note majority of those items. Once more, most usually are not displayed in outlets however saved at residence or in washrooms changing into a problem for the company to counter it.”
“You discover instances of Pakistan rice packaged as Mwea rice, and even pesticides and chemical substances bought with out use- directions changing into a problem for even us because the company,” Mutahi mentioned.
The company blames the lengthy and porous borders and the East Africa integration as the important thing obstacle to its efforts to combat counterfeits, with majority of importers ordering items destined for Uganda and South Sudan.
ACA chief govt Elema Halake mentioned the efforts of multi-agency group within the combat towards illicit commerce on the airport, sea ports and the Inland Container Depot Nairobi (ICDC) extensions is bearing fruit.
The group contains of ACA, Kenya Bureau of Requirements, Kenya Income Authority, the Immigration Division, the Workplace of the Lawyer-Basic, the Workplace of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Inspector-Basic of Police, Monetary Reporting Centre and the Kenya Income Authority.
The report reveals efforts by the multi-agency noticed a decline in proportion of counterfeit electronics out there to 66.61 per cent in 2014 from 79.7 per cent in 2010.
Pretend prescription drugs and cosmetics have additionally declined by 9.63 per cent from 64.1 per cent, whereas alcohol, drinks and cigarettes declined by 8.14 per cent from 62.5 per cent over the interval. Stationery was the least imitated with 2.16 per cent counterfeits out there as at 2014 in comparison with 2.7 per cent in 2010.
“Kenya is certainly forward of its counterparts within the combat towards counterfeits however manned land borders open the nation to illicit commerce. We hope to strengthen collaboration with county governments to make sure border management,” Halake mentioned.
The company introduced a pending anti-counterfeiting invoice to the East Africa Legislative Authority to stop items being imported again from the area.
It’s also plans to have an anti-counterfeiting mark for regionally manufactured items that can enable recording of an Mental Property Proper that may be scanned with a smartphone.