Kenyan car importers request radiation checks at country of origin

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Cars at the port of Mombasa
Cars at the port of Mombasa

On January 31st, 2013, Kenya Ports Authority inspectors impounded a container holding four used vehicles from Japan after finding it to be contaminated with radioactive materials.  The container was held at the port for more than a year, at the expense of the importer, before being sent back to Japan.

Now car importers in Kenya are requesting that radiation checks on imported vehicles be conducted by agents of the Kenya Radiation and Protection Board at the country of origin before being shipped to Kenya.

Peter Otiento, chairman of the Car Importers Association of Kenya also questioned whether the companies contracted to perform radiation checks on imported used vehicles at the port of Mombasa have the capacity to provide results as expected.

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