NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) through
the Customs and Border Control Department said on Friday
that it has put in place various measures to facilitate
operations of the recently launched Inland Container
Depot (ICD) Nairobi.
Commissioner of Customs and Border Control Julius
Musyoki said the ability to profile cargo in advance
will now be a reality following the amendment of the
East Africa Community Customs Management Act.
noted that the amendment aims to allow lodgment of
manifest on departure by vessel from last port of call.
amendment of this Act, we will now be able to receive
cargo profile in advance. This will subsequently create
room for direct loading from the Port. This is essential
as it will significantly reduce the clearance time to
six hours for the pre-arrival clearance cargo,” he said
in a statement issued in Nairobi.
measures, including a commitment to clear properly
documented cargo within six hours are geared towards
ensuring seamless facilitation from the port to the ICD
for release of cargo as well as ensuring reliability on
efficiency in service delivery at the facility.
Musyoki, other key initiatives that KRA has in the
pipeline for enhancing efficiency of operations at ICD
include introduction of Smart Gates, establishment of
Integrated Scanner Command Centre, provision of
additional scanners and application of data driven
insights for security and risk management.
at the ICD facility is further set to receive a major
boost through the ongoing revamping of the Authorized
Economic Operators (AEOs) program.
observed that the AEO program will be revamped in the
next two months through establishment of green channels
(pre-arrival clearance), post clearance audit and
establishment of the office of a relationship manager.
green channel customers, there will be no verification
at ICD. Their cargo will be cleared straight to
destination. On the other hand, post clearance audits
will only be done where there are issues,” Musyoki said,
adding that this will substantially save time and cost.
He said KRA
has already deployed a high performance team at the ICD
facility; a team that will be headed by a Chief Manager
for faster decision making and enhanced efficiency.
importers and exporters will now be empowered to make
amendments on the manifest to allow change of
destination port. This will be done without any charges.
that the linkage of the state-of-the-art Integrated
Customs Management System, with other partner government
agencies such as KPA, KEPHIS, Port Health, KenTrade and
the Kenya Bureau of Standard, will also be a significant
boost to service delivery at ICD.
go a long way in making cargo intervention and
information exchange faster and efficient,” he said.