Kenyan fresh flowers will use sea transport as an alternative to air transport to reach international markets. According to the Kenya Flower Council chief executive Clement Tulezi, sea transport is cheaper compared to airfreight.
Tulezi added that the port of Mombasa has been optimized to facilitate horticultural exports through creation of more than 560 points for packaging of different horticultural products. Tulezi said that Kenya should emulate Colombia which exports more than 70 percent of its horticulture by sea.
He added that that the council was holding stakeholders meeting with the Horticulture Crops Directorate and the fresh produce exporters association of Kenya to ensure that the products adhere to exports standards before shipping.
KenTrade, the state agency mandated to facilitate cross border trade, lauds its single window system for creating simple procedures for exporters. For instance, the agency has harmonized processes and procedures for flower dealers, meat and meat commodity dealers, and tea, nuts, and herbs dealers.
KenTrade CEO Amos Wangora the system targets to incorporate duty remission under the Common External Tariff thus providing exporters with a one-stop-shop. Kenya is pursuing bilateral talks with the UK to ensure that horticultural products access the market post Brexit.