Kenya Revenue Authority has begun the roll out of the Pre-arrival Cargo Clearance System (PVOC) aimed at speeding up the movement of Cargo from the Port of Mombasa to intended destinations, to ensure timely delivery of Raw materials and other goods, including essential supplies to the Market.
This is in a quest to continuously reduce the cost of doing business for investors.
The move by Kenya Revenue Authority will allow the Kenyans enjoy timely delivery of raw materials that will eventually enable firms to lower their cost of production and pass the benefits to the Consumers.
The Commissioner General John Njiraini said Kenya Revenue Authority is fully committed to the implementation of the 2014 Port charter that requires 70% of cargo imported through the port of Mombasa to be cleared under the Pre-arrival Cargo Clearance System by 2017.
Speaking at the Port of Mombasa after holding a consultative meeting with executives from the shipping industry at the Kenya Ports Authority headquarters, Mr Njiraini who was also accompanied by the Commissioner of Customs Mr Julius Musyoka, and Kenya Revenue Authority Southern Region Coordinator Mr Nicholas Kinoti, explained that the Government decided to facilitate importers to have their Cargo cleared before arrival at the Port of Mombasa to save time and costs for investors.
“ We want to take the process a couple of steps back so that the lodging of documents and the payment of duties and other levies are paid before cargo arrives. By the time the Cargo arrives at the Port, the importer is in a position to take charge and remove the Cargo from the Port and avoid paying demurrage charges’’, Mr Njiraini added.
Meanwhile the Port of Mombasa is set to become a hub of shipping trans-shipment following the decision by KRA to shelve trans-shipment bonds and allow shipping lines to lodge their own entries.