KAM engages stakeholders on port challenges
Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) held the Ports and Railway Users Forum on 23rd October 2018 in Nairobi.
The forum sought to discuss and propose a way on the challenges that manufacturing and other importers face in transport and clearance of goods at the port of Mombasa and inland container depot- Nairobi.
Key among the challenges highlighted include high storage fees, high demurrage charges, delays in transfer of containers from Mombasa to Nairobi through the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) and repatriation of Empty containers, delays in the verification and release of containers and Lack of coordination of cargo clearing interveners.
Speaking during the forum, KAM Chairman, Mr Sachen Gudka noted that our competitiveness as a country is banked on an efficient and cost-effective logistics supply chain. “Our sustainability and self-reliance as a nation is only guaranteed by our capacity to be a globally competitive economy, through effective and cost-effective logistics supply chain,” said Mr Gudka.
Speaking at the forum, Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) noted that agencies led are developing standards (perimeters) under Pre-Verification of Conformity (PVOC) to be adopted and mutually recognized by all government agencies. This will go along way in reducing local inspection of imported goods.