Kenyan manufacturers have launched a one-stop reference for all government agencies involved in inspection, verification and clearance of imported cargo. It is a document clearly outlining the importation process, the timeline, and government agencies involved in the process.
The document referred to as ‘Standard Operating Procedures’ aims to increase efficiency at the ports of entry in Kenya, reduce the time it takes to clear imports and cut the cost of importation. Additionally, it is meant to minimize the entry of illicit goods into Kenya.
“Due to challenges at the ports of entry, KAM recognized the need for speedy, simple,& documented procedures, to increase efficiency & accountability whilst cutting down on costs and the time involved in the importation process,” said Mucai Kunyiha, Chair of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM).
Various stakeholders including; the private sector and government were involved in the creation of the Standard Operating Procedure according to KAM Chairperson.
The Cabinet Secretary in charge of Industrialization, Trade, and Enterprise Development Betty Maina said, “Our ports and points of entry play a fundamental role in facilitating global trade. Unfortunately, it is estimated that more than 70% of illicit goods come into the country through these points.” The newly launched Standard Operating Procedure will play a key role in the fight against illicit imports that negatively affect Kenyan manufacturers.
In developing the harmonized system, Kenya borrowed lessons from countries that lead in the Logistics Performance Index such as Germany, United Arab Emirates, Australia, and South Africa.