Importers will be required to obtain the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) security seal, Import Standardisation Mark (ISM), before shipping containers into the country a move that is channelled to curb revenue leakage. All full-load containers that are subject to inspection and testing under the pre-arrival cargo processing system will require the tamper-proof seal from September 1st 2016.
The Pre-export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) to standards scheme requires all sea and air carriers to ensure that their cargo is inspected and certified by appointed agents in the source markets.
Imports to South Sudan through Kenya’s main port have fallen to the lowest-ever level as resurgent violence in the world’s youngest nation hurt the fledgling economy and sent traders and citizens fleeing.
Only 525 twenty-foot equivalent units of cargo were cleared at the Mombasa port in July, compared with a monthly average of 4,000 TEUs in 2013, just before the nation descended into fresh fighting, according to Ayuel Mathach Deng, the government’s representative at the Indian Ocean port city.
According to the report, ‘Connecting to Compete 2016: Trade Logistics in the Global Economy,’ states the move by the East African Community nations to integrate into one bloc had hoisted the region’s logistic performance hence making it more attractive for investments and reducing the cost of doing business.
This is brought about by changes such as elimination of multiple barriers to trade and transport, e.g. cumbersome clearance procedures.
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