24 state agencies kicked out of the port to tame cargo congestion

Twenty four state agencies from the ports mainly Mombasa will have to seek clearance from Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) to clear cargo at the port of Mombasa.

The move comes in the wake of multiple interventions and personal interests by some state officers who have been blamed for duplicating the process and delaying in clearing of goods at the port.

The government is now moving in with full speed to facilitate trade in the country and seal graft loopholes at the ports of entry. The moves has been consolidated with the requirement for all government agencies at the port to automate their services.

This, according to the state, will ensure all the agencies interface with the Kenya Trade Network Agency (KenTrade) Single Window System.

KenTrade, is a state agency under the National Treasury which is mandated to facilitate cross border trade and establish, manage and implement the National Electronic Single Window System (Kenya TradeNet System).

Speaking in Nairobi on Tuesday, Chief executive Amos Wangora said 36 of the required 38 agencies have complied with the directive issued in July by Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua.

 “We are in the final stages with the integration and expect those who have not come on board to do so by September 1,” Wangora told the Star on the sideline of a media round-table in Nairobi yesterday.

Only two, the Communication Authority (CA) and the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) have 10 days to comply with a government directive seeking to integrate state agencies with the national trading system.

Leading agencies in the process include KRA which is also implementing its Integrated Customs Management System (ICMS) as it moves to phase out the old Simba system, while interfacing the new system with the Kenya TradeNet System.

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Lawrence Baraza is a prolific writer with competencies in Digital Media, Print, and Broadcast. Baraza is also a Communication Practitioner currently spearheading Digital content on Metropol TV's Digital Desk.

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