Kenyans Shipped in Mitumba Worth Ksh16.9 Billion in 2018

By Soko Directory Team / May 6, 2019




Kenyan second-hand cloth sellers (mitumba) imported clothes worth 16.9 billion shillings in 2018, a 30 percent spike from 2018.

Stats by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics showed that in 2018, Kenyans imported 177,160 tonnes of mitumba, the highest in a period of five years.

There have been efforts by the government to ban the importation of mitumba in “support of local industries” but every attempt failed to yield fruits.

Kenya’s mitumba sector is said to be worth at least 100 billion shillings and forms part of the larger SME sector that employs 86 percent of Kenyans and contributes at least 45 percent of Kenya’s GDP.

In 2017, Kenya’s mitumba sellers imported 135,868 tonnes of clothes at the cost of 13 billion shillings, an increase from 131,940 tonnes worth of 12.9 billion shillings in 2016.

Read

Kenyan Factories Exported More Clothes

As the importation of mitumba increased in 2018, Kenyan factories also had something to smile about after they report an increase of 25.8 percent in exports.

Stats show that 22 Kenyan factories made 41.6 billion shillings in 2018 from exports, an increase from 33 billion shillings in 2017.

Dealers in new clothes have in the past raised concerns over the increase of second-hand clothes in the country saying the clothes were slowly wiping them off the market.

The majority of Kenyans prefer to buy second-hand clothes because of their cheap prices. For instance, with between 50 and 100 shillings, one can get a piece of cloth that might be going at 500 shillings if “new.”

Taxes

Second-hand clothes sellers’ felt the tax increase in 2018’s financial year that stalled the pace of cargo clearing at the Mombasa port.

Treasury Cabinet Secretary (CS) Henry Rotich enforced an import duty of 5 dollars per kilogram from the previous 0.2 dollars per kilogram.

The CS explained that the increased taxes targeted protecting against the low cost of imported products, which make it impossible for local industries to blossom.

Kenyans fancy mitumba clothes given their high quality, varying designs, and most importantly low prices. This adversely affects the local textile industries whose products are not just expensive compared to the mitumbas but also lack creativeness compared to the second-hand clothes.



About Soko Directory Team

Soko Directory is a Financial and Markets digital portal that tracks brands, listed firms on the NSE, SMEs and trend setters in the markets eco-system.Find us on Facebook: facebook.com/SokoDirectory and on Twitter: twitter.com/SokoDirectory

View other posts by Soko Directory Team


More Articles From This Author








Other Related Articles










SOKO DIRECTORY & FINANCIAL GUIDE

ARCHIVES

2019
  • January 2019 (256)
  • February 2019 (216)
  • March 2019 (287)
  • April 2019 (254)
  • May 2019 (273)
  • June 2019 (138)
  • 2018
  • January 2018 (291)
  • February 2018 (219)
  • March 2018 (278)
  • April 2018 (225)
  • May 2018 (238)
  • June 2018 (178)
  • July 2018 (257)
  • August 2018 (249)
  • September 2018 (256)
  • October 2018 (287)
  • November 2018 (284)
  • December 2018 (187)
  • 2017
  • January 2017 (183)
  • February 2017 (195)
  • March 2017 (207)
  • April 2017 (104)
  • May 2017 (169)
  • June 2017 (206)
  • July 2017 (190)
  • August 2017 (195)
  • September 2017 (186)
  • October 2017 (235)
  • November 2017 (253)
  • December 2017 (266)
  • 2016
  • January 2016 (165)
  • February 2016 (165)
  • March 2016 (190)
  • April 2016 (143)
  • May 2016 (246)
  • June 2016 (183)
  • July 2016 (271)
  • August 2016 (249)
  • September 2016 (234)
  • October 2016 (191)
  • November 2016 (243)
  • December 2016 (153)
  • 2015
  • January 2015 (1)
  • February 2015 (4)
  • March 2015 (166)
  • April 2015 (109)
  • May 2015 (117)
  • June 2015 (121)
  • July 2015 (150)
  • August 2015 (157)
  • September 2015 (189)
  • October 2015 (170)
  • November 2015 (174)
  • December 2015 (208)
  • 2014
  • March 2014 (2)
  • 2013
  • March 2013 (10)
  • June 2013 (1)
  • 2012
  • March 2012 (7)
  • April 2012 (15)
  • May 2012 (1)
  • July 2012 (1)
  • August 2012 (4)
  • October 2012 (2)
  • November 2012 (2)
  • December 2012 (1)
  • 2011
    2010
    2009
    2008
    2007
    2006
    2005
    2004
    2003
    2002
    2001
    2000
    1999
    1998
    1997
    1996
    1995
    1994
    1993
    1992
    1991
    1990
    1989
    1988
    1987
    1986
    1985
    1984
    1983
    1982
    1981
    1980
    1979
    1978
    1977
    1976
    1975
    1974
    1973
    1972
    1971
    1970
    1969
    1968
    1967
    1966
    1965
    1964
    1963
    1962
    1961
    1960
    1959
    1958
    1957
    1956
    1955
    1954
    1953
    1952
    1951
    1950