Lamu port has officially been declared a customs area, allowing the facility to hold goods as they wait for clearance. A Gazette notice from the customs and border control Commissioner declared the new status, which will facilitate the transhipment of goods.
Goods in a customs area are not within the custom jurisdiction of the host country. This will allow easy movement of the goods to a third country without involving custom authorities.
Additionally, the status enhances simplicity in movement of goods since goods will not be subject to local custom procedures,
While goods in the custom area are technically in the international domain, the cargo is still subject to local laws. For instance, drugs legal in source and destination ports may not go through the port, in as much as the cargo is in international domain.
Earlier, KPA had announced that the port will feature an extended 30-day free storage for cargo transshipment.