Kenya frees Ugandan cargo held in Mombasa

Kenya Revenue Authority has budged to Ugandan traders’ and government’s call to unconditionally release cargo that it was holding at the port of Mombasa for about two weeks, the Kampala City Traders Association (Kacita) leaders said last week.
Last week, Kacita in a resolution, gave Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), a two-week ultimatum to unconditionally release Uganda-bound cargo or they boycott Mombasa Port in favour of the Dar es Salaam dock.
During interviews with the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Trade, Amb Julius Onen and Uganda Revenue Authority Commissioner for customs, Mr Richard Kamajugo, it emerged that government was taking the matter seriously, resulting in KRA overturning the arbitrary policy.
Previously, traders have been paying port fees and other handling charges to the port authorities before clearing their cargo from the facility.
But KRA arbitrarily imposed a tax on all imports at the Mombasa Port, causing confusion and leaving mostly Ugandan traders stranded with at least 400 containers bound for Kampala and beyond.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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