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President Kenyatta Commissions New KRC Cargo Transit Shed

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 10-President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured traders of complete efficiency while using the newly commissioned Kenya Railways  Transit Shed.

Speaking during the commissioning event, the President told the traders that the shed also branded as Boma line will help reduce the cost of operations for small-scale traders.

The traders will now be able to self-clear their cargo coming from Mombasa via the rail at the facility within a day.

“ This service will be effecient for traders who will only pay their taxes to have access to their containers,” the President said.

Cabinet Secretary National Treasury and Planning Ukur Yatani said that the facility will serve traders in Nairobi and its environs while facilitating easy access of their goods.

He said that small traders will not be required to travel to the Inland Container Depot (ICDN) Embakasi, to collect their goods.

“Establishment of the ‘Boma line’ is part of initiatives to bring services closer to taxpayers and facilitate them to conduct their business effectively and efficiently. For instance, going forward traders from far areas such as Nanyuki and Sagana will no longer incur huge transport costs to ferry their goods from ICDN as this shade will be easily accessible.  This savings will definitely be ploughed back into the business,” said CS Ukur Yatani.

Cargo for the SMES will be transported from Kilindini Port to ICDN, Embakasi, and later transshipped to the Transit Shed using Metre Gauge Railway (MGR).

At the shed, consolidated cargo will be stripped from containers and stored in Customs shed while being arranged according to their nature with marking for easy tracking and identification.

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The verification by Customs officers and other Government agencies will be done on these specific single goods as opposed to the typical verification of a whole container.

This therefore means that cargo verification process will be simplified and there will be a great improvement on the verification turnaround time.

Traders with goods of Customs value of USD 10,000 or less will now be allowed to make an import declaration on a simplified Mobile App or a direct assessment entry, while those with goods of Customs value above USD 10,000 will clear through a registered clearing agent in the Customs system.

Kenya Revenue Authority Commissioner-General Githii Mburufurther said plans were underway to progressively increase additional warehouses as the volume of trade increases and also train the traders on how to clear cargo without the assistance of clearing agents.

“Adoption of technology in our key operations as a revenue authority has made it easier for taxpayers to access our services hence elimination of intervention from third parties. This is part of our initiative of bringing services closer to the people. We want them to know that we are here to serve them better,” said Mburu.

The Transit Shed is expected to serve approximately 7, 500 small traders in Nairobi and its environs and will accommodate approximately 100-40 foot containers per month raking in an approximate revenue of Sh110 Million.

The number of containers being cleared at the facility is later expected to increase to approximately 300 containers per month during the post Covid period.

This will enable the country to collect revenue of approximately Sh1 Billion.

The shed is expected to operate on a 24 hours basis during the post-Covid-19 period.

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