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National Monitoring Committees on NTBs
Delays at the Ports of Mombasa & Dar Es Salaam, which affect imports and exports through the ports.
Posted on : 01 - Aug - 2012 - Viewed : 46 times

Affected countries : All EAC countries through use of Northern & Central corridors

NTB source & Ministry/Department/ Agency for action : Kenya Ports Authority,
Tanzania Ports Authority , Kenya Revenue Authority, Tanzania Revenue Authority, Kenya Railway Corporation, Tanzania Railways Corporation and Uganda Railways Corporation

Impact to businesses : 3-4 days lost at Dar Es Salaam port, 7-10 days at Mombasa port.
Surcharge by shipping lines of USD 12.5 per day after 4 days of ship arrival.
KPA charge of USD 20 for 20ft and USD 40 and 40ft containers after 15 days.
KPA stripping levy of USD 75 per container.

Prioritized Action : Implement Community based systems (CBS) to ensure information. Flow between ports and customs along corridors.

Implement one-stop documentation centers to speed up clearance of containerized cargo.

Continue ports modernization including computerization of procedures to ensure faster clearance.

Bottlenecks or Success Factor Insufficient financial resources for investment in modern cargo handling equipment at the ports, rail wagons and communication technology.
Success Factor Sufficient budgetary Allocation.

Status / Recommendations : The ports of Mombasa and Dar es salaam are implementing National single window system to redress delays at the ports

Time-frame : 1 – 3 Years, Resolved


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