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  • KRA to clear transit cargo from Port of Mombasa to ICD, Naivasha

Naivasha Inland Container Depot (ICD) will reduce the logistics cost after the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) commenced the movement of transit cargo from the Port of Mombasa.

“The KRA office at the Naivasha ICD is now operational with a marshalling area having the capacity to hold 700 trucks at any given time,” says KRA in a statement.

Implementation of the move means that affected cargo owners and their clearing agents will have to clear and pick their goods at the 45,000-square-meter Naivasha ICD.

The facility is expected to greatly boost regional connectivity and integration and boost storage of cargo destined to Uganda, South Sudan, Northern Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo.

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The Naivasha transhipment station has halved the tracking journey for businesses in Western Kenya and other East African Community (EAC) countries. 

KRA is well equipped to handle the huge capacity expected from Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi at the facility. The ICD will increase efficiency, as KRA is able to monitor cargo in Naivasha through the Joint Monitoring Centre.

Transport CS James Macharia said cargo containers being transported via SGR will be lined up at Naivasha to be tracked through the Regional Electronic Cargo Tracking System.

The facility has a One Stop Centre (OSC) model where all key government agencies offer their services to clients. Regional revenue authorities including Uganda Revenue Authority, Rwanda Revenue Authority, Tanzania Revenue Authority and Burundi Revenue Authority are also housed at the OSC. This model ensures a synchronised placement and verification process at the ICD.