Kenya to improve trade facilitation
December 05, 2012
The Government of Kenya is set to improve international trade facilitation in the country by reducing processing delays and lowering costs associated with the clearance of goods on Kenyan borders.
Working with ICF over the next 24 months, the Kenya Trade Network Agency (KENTRADE) will develop an electronic single window platform for submitting, receipting and processing documentation used in clearing trade-related cargo. The electronic single window will be the sole entry point for lodging trade transaction documentation in Kenya. It will link up key trade stakeholders such as the Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Ports Authority, Kenya Bureau of Standards, Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services, and Port Health Services with clearing and freight forwarding agents and banks.
The project, the first one in which ICF is partnering directly with the Government of Kenya, is expected to enhance trade facilitation not only in Kenya but also within the East Africa region. ICF is working with the East Africa Community on anti-counterfeiting legislation and harmonization of commercial laws.