LOCAL INSURANCE COVER ONLY ON KENYAN IMPORTS
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LOCAL INSURANCE COVER ONLY ON KENYAN IMPORTS

Importers will now have to acquire local marine insurance from Kenyan Insurance Companies on cargo imported to Kenya. This was a directive from Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Henry Rotich’s June 8, 2016 budget speech. The directive is now being implemented since the beginning of this year. Please be aware and ensure this is fully complied with....

SOLAS TAKING EFFECT IN MOMBASA FROM 1ST JULY 2016
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SOLAS TAKING EFFECT IN MOMBASA FROM 1ST JULY 2016

Without a doubt you have all heard about the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea convention of the International Maritime Organization or IMO) regulation whereby all shippers become liable for their declared weight to avoid understating weight. Kenya also subscribes to this so this will also take effect, various notices of shipping lines have been...

UPDATE ON CARGO INSPECTION KEBS & KRA
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UPDATE ON CARGO INSPECTION KEBS & KRA

Further to the earlier announcement on 23rd Nov that KEBS demanded PVOC on ALL cargo: after strong protest by the Kenyan Association of Manufacturers, this notice has been severely weakened as per attached letter. In general, we are more or less where we were before with the the list of HS Codes (re-attached), however we...

KPA NOTICE – no more nomination of freight containers to CFSs
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KPA NOTICE – no more nomination of freight containers to CFSs

Attached notice has stopped from 1st December onwards all client nominations for local containers to Kenya. KPA will decide the point of clearance according to a ratio they are yet to advise. This is similar to what happened before with South Sudan cargo where KPA took away the clients/shippers power to nominate a CFS earlier...

KPA soon to announce 3rd tariff increase in 2 years
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KPA soon to announce 3rd tariff increase in 2 years

We have heard rumors for a while but KPA is soon to announce the third tariff increase in 2 years. We attach an article in today’s newspaper pending official confirmation from KPA. How/what cargo will be affected and by how much, we will know when we get the official notice which we will share with...

KRA – enforcement of electronic cargo tracking system
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KRA – enforcement of electronic cargo tracking system

We had earlier mentioned the Electronic Cargo Tracking System which KRA is further enforcing onto all transporters and forwarders. Note that the cost of these systems is high and the supply at times problematic so it might affect cargo dispatch in the transition phase. Affected the most are petroleum products and transport of cars/trucks/rolling stock...

Permit fines for Out of Gauge cargo in Kenya
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Permit fines for Out of Gauge cargo in Kenya

As per attached article, there will soon be fines/costs for out of gauge cargo permits (where before it was free though considerable cost of application and follow-up needed). Fines are incremental depending on how much out of gauge the cargo is, both in terms of dimensions (L W H) and in terms of width. Depending...

New pre-arrival declaration of import cargo introduced by KRA
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New pre-arrival declaration of import cargo introduced by KRA

The new declaration proceedings in a nutshell: there is a punitive charge resembling port storage but it is charged by Kenya Customs and called customs warehouse rent (CWH). This applies to all cargo that remains unclear regardless of its location (it does not have to be in a customs controlled warehouse). The 21 free days...

New Charge System for stevedoring/shore handling/wharfage for self-propelled vehicles.
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New Charge System for stevedoring/shore handling/wharfage for self-propelled vehicles.

We had earlier distributed a KPA tariff that came into effect on 1st December 2012. IT included amongst other changes a charge system for stevedoring/shorehandling/wharfage for self-propelled vehicles that is per type of unit and not per CBM. Apparently after implementation, the CFS (who handle all self-propelled vehicles on behalf of KPA) complained that the...

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