KRA rallies partner agencies to facilitate safe, secure trade
Kenya is set to expedite cargo clearance processes through a collaboration among key partner government agencies involved in international movement of goods, that will be implemented under the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) programme.
This move comes following a one-day forum organised by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) with support from the German Government, which saw the Chief executives of Partner government agencies convene to agree on a harmonised framework for implementation of the AEO programme.
This framework is expected to have a positive impact on businesses in Kenya by providing them with a more efficient and effective customs clearance process.
Speaking during the forum, the Director General for Accounting Services at the National Treasury, Benard Ndungu observed that programmes such as the AEO have enabled the government to secure and facilitate legitimate trade.
“The AEO programme has allowed customs administrations to enter into strategic agreements with operators who meet certain supply chain security standards and best practices, including compliance to customs laws and regulations. The simplified procedures for AEOs has had tremendous effect with regard to reducing the cost associated with the movement and clearance of goods,” he said. KRA’s Acting Commissioner for Customs and Border Control Pamela Ahago noted that the AEO programme had made significant contribution to customs revenue and the move was aimed at ensuring an integrated approach towards implementation of the AEO programme.