The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) has issued a notice to shipping lines in regards to clearing of goods entering the country through the ports.
In a notice, KPA acting Managing Director John Mwangemi revoked the 6th June 2018 order that restricted importers from choosing where they would like to clear their goods.
The vacated order had also compelled importers to use the Standard Guage Railway as a mode of transport to ferry their containers.
As per the new directive, importers’ documentation of place of clearance and mode of transport for their goods shall be of their choice.
“This is therefore to notify all shipping lines that importers’ documentation of place of clearance and mode of transport of their goods shall be at their choice. Shipping lines are hereby advised to facilitate importers’ nomination of place of clearance, including port clearance, Kenya Revenue Authority’s licensed container freight stations (CFS) and Kenya Ports Authority’s inland container depots,” said Mwangemi.
“This notice supersedes the notice of 6th June 2018 on a similar subject. Please be guided accordingly.”
The notice follows President William Ruto’s directive made at his inaugural speech at Kasarani on 13th September that clearing of all goods and other attendant operational issues be reverted to the Port of Mombasa.
Ruto said the move is aimed at restoring thousands of jobs that had been lost in Mombasa.