Kebs unveils one-stop shop for processing import documents
Barry Silah @obel_barry
Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) has teamed up with Kenya Trade Network Agency (KenTrade) to launch a single window platform that allows traders to submit import-export documentation and access approvals in one-stop shop.
The single window system replaces the time-consuming manual process that required traders to seek clearance from multiple government agencies via different platforms occasioning delays and high clearance costs for goods at the Kenyan border points.
“We anticipate that the new single window system will eradicate the past operational inefficiencies associated with trade documentation and approval processes,” Bernard Njiraini, Kebs managing director said.
This, he added, will enhance customs efficiency and boost national competitiveness in the import-export market through simplified cross border trade processing.
According to World Bank statistics, Kenya is estimated to export goods and services worth Sh600 million against imports of Sh2 billion.
The system that went live on April 1, is expected to fast-track the clearance of cargo through a self-operating process, allowing businesses to not only plan and allocate resources accordingly but also mitigate logistical risks and challenges.
It also offers a secure verification option to safeguard against false documents such as permits, licences, and certificates with the aim of creating a transparent and fast processing system.
Other accrued benefits include elimination of cumbersome use and storage of paper files as well as associated costs.