By O’brien Kimani
Importers will have to bear with new import fees levied on selected goods at the Port of Mombasa.
The Kenya Revenue Authority says the new levies were adopted by East Africa Community member states where the revenue agency is the implementing body.
The Kenya International Freight and Warehousing Association-KIFWA says the new levies are likely to lead to huge job losses in the industry.
However, the tax man has affirmed that the new rates are here to stay.
Commissioner of Customs and Border Control Julius Musyoki says the operators are using the new levies as a ploy noting that KIFWA are protesting new guidelines that KRA is implementing to curb cheating and illegal trade at the Port of Mombasa.
Some of the new measures include implementation of a new system dubbed Integrated Customs Management System (iCMS).
KRA anticipates less paperwork and faster clearance for transit goods once the new electronic cargo tracking platform is fully rolled out in March next year.
It will replace the current Simba 2014 platform which was upgraded last year from the original Simba platform that had been in use since 2005.