Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Commissioner General, John Njiraini, announced the stringent vetting of all Container Freight Station (CFS) operators, to ensure they meet national security and related requirements.
Njiraini said clearing and forwarding agents will also be expected to adhere to a soon-to-be-formulated professional code, guiding their training and certification.
“Because of the weak regulatory regime, the clearing and forwarding business continues to attract persons of dubious character and for whom no effective disciplinary regime exists,” he told members of the Kenya International Freight and Warehousing Association (KIFWA).
“In order to correct this anomaly, process has already commenced to develop a legal framework to govern the training, certification, licensing and regulation of Clearing and Forwarding Agents.”
The latest move comes hot on the heels of the recent destruction of commodities imported into the country in contravention of customs regulations.
Already, KRA has issued a stern warning to persons perpetrating fraud in customs processes and those that collaborate with them in the commission of such crimes.
The Authority, Njiraini disclosed, has heightened surveillance and will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute those involved in tax evasion and economic crimes.
Njiraini said the registration of new CFS operators and that of new clearing and forwarding agents have been suspended till further notice.
The suspension, Njiraini said, is geared at facilitating key reforms touching on the trade logistics supply chain sector, with a view to weeding out unscrupulous CFS operators and clearing agents.
KRA has also commenced the implementation of the Regional Electronic Cargo Tracking Platform agreed between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.
The new system provides the regional revenue authorities with a seamless visibility for all transit cargo from Mombasa to Kigali and eventually Kampala. Enditem