System to speed up cargo clearance launched

 that have embraced the electronic single window system.

The system will facilitate faster and efficient trade, improve business environment and open a new chapter in a paperless cargo clearance process.


Speaking during its launch, President Uhuru Kenyatta said the benefits of the single window will be realised when the supporting infrastructure is in place to ensure efficient evacuation and movement of goods once they have been cleared at the ports of entry.


The system, the President said, will simplify international trade logistics that involves submission of large volumes of information and documents to Government authorities to comply with import, export and transit-related regulatory requirements.


Implementation of the concept will also provide an efficient platform for data exchange among Government agencies among partner states for cargo being cleared through any port within the EAC region, he said.


“The information and documentation have often to be submitted in paper through several Government agencies using their unique systems which is either manual or automated,” President Kenyatta said.


In recognition of the shortcomings, the President said, countries are embracing national single window systems to enhance trace facilitation. The region has already started implementing the system in individual countries.

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