The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), the country’s tax collector, has signed a trans-shipment Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) agreement with stakeholders at the country’s Port of Mombasa to enhance cargo clearance efficiency and boost Regional trade.
As part of a commitment to boost port operations and clear bottlenecks affecting efficient cargo movement, KRA has signed the trans-shipment SOPs for the Port of Mombasa with the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and the Kenya Shipping Agents Association.
At the signing ceremony, which was held at the KPA Headquarters in Mombasa, KRA Customs and Border Control Commissioner, Mr. Kevin Safari, accompanied by KPA General Manager, Operations Captain William Ruto, and the Kenya Shipping Agents Association CEO Mr. Juma Ali Tellah, described the formulation of the trans-shipment SOPs as a key milestone for the shipping stakeholders.
They explained that the adoption of bidding SOPs will play a key role in raising efficiency levels at the port of Mombasa.
The SOPs have been developed to international standards and will enhance the trans-shipment process by removing process bottlenecks that have previously occasioned cargo clearance delays.
It is expected that inter-agency relations at the Port of Mombasa will be streamlined with clear performance targets and processes. They give clear timelines to each party and also emphasize the provision of adequate resources to clear trans-shipment cargo expeditiously.
Mombasa Port handled 12,189 TEUs in trans-shipment in April 2019, an increase of only 2% from April 2018. A TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) is a measure of volume in units of twenty-foot long container.
The amount of cargo handled is expected to increase rapidly in the coming months with the implementation of the SOPs.