Shippers Back Automated Cargo Clearing System

The Government’s initiative to make Kenya a Single Window compliant economy by end of the year has won the crucial backing of the Mombasa based Kenya Ships Agents Association.

The Association Chairman David Mackay said the Government’s implementation of the National Electronic Single Window System through Kenya Trade Network Agency (KENTRADE) was a boost to the country’s economy.

He said it will eliminate the inefficiencies and delays currently experienced in the trade logistics in Kenya.

‘’We applaud and support what the Government is doing which we anticipate will improve the current scenario whereby our customers are exposed to unnecessary lengthy cargo clearance delays”

“These delays are expensive to the shippers and the economy because they result into incurring unnecessary port storage, customs warehouse rent, and container demurrage charges, among others,” he said adding: “This is a cost to the economy and also makes Mombasa port uncompetitive.”

KENTRADE is currently meeting stakeholders to sensitize and collect views on the implementation of the Single Window which is one of the key flagship projects of the Vision 2030 blue print under the economic pillar.

The Agency set up by the Government two years ago under the Ministry of Finance is tasked with facilitating trade by implementing, operationalizing and managing the Single Window System through which all trade logistics related documentation for cargo clearance will be lodged and processed.

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