Posted February 11, 2021 1:17 pm by

NAIROBI, Kenya Feb 11 – Scores of small scale traders in Nairobi and beyond have begun to enjoy the services of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) National Cargo Deconsolidation Centre (NCDC) located at the Nairobi Railway Station.

The traders drawn from Nyamakima and Gikomba commercial zones are enjoying fast, convenient customs clearance of their imported wares following the handling capacity tripling of the Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) Transit shed launched last November 2020.

With handling capacity improvements and support by KRC, the NCDC is now delivering cargo imported through Mombasa’s port in approximately 15 hours.

Operating on a 24-hour basis, the new facility has enhanced de-consolidated cargo handling capacity from the initial five (5) 40-foot containers to (15) 40-foot containers. A 40ft container can have up to 25 small traders importing various goods as consolidated cargo, thus serving approximately 400 small traders daily.

Since its launch, the facility has so far served more than 200 traders. In the last three months, KRA has cleared 11 containers with an approximate Ksh 23 Million revenue.

The number of containers clearing at the facility is expected to increase to approximately 300 containers per month during the post COVID period. This will enable the country to collect extra revenue of approximately Ksh1 Billion through KRA.

Speaking during an inspection visit of the NCDC on Wednesday evening, President Uhuru Kenyatta, accompanied by KRA Commissioner General Mburu Githii, said the Government is committed to creating a conducive environment for small-scale traders to prosper. The President said he desires to see micro, small and medium enterprises growing and creating employment for the many unemployed Kenyan youths.

The President noted the expansion of the warehouse was due to the discussions he had with the small scale importers saying, a country can only be developed when citizens learn to discuss issues and come up with solutions for the benefit of all.

“I am grateful today we are here seeing the progress made. I want to thank Kenya Railways and Kenya Revenue Authority for working hard to ensure this facility was completed,” the President said.

As part of Government’s commitment to supporting small businesses in the country, the President said the cost of local inspection of imported goods was lowered from 5 to 0.6 per cent of customs value.

“During my visit on 10th November 2020, you requested me to have the cost of local inspection reduced from 5 per cent of customs value to 0.6 per cent. This was Read More…