Government; Import and Export Consolidators to be Vetted, Registered Anew
President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday said that his government would vet and register all import and export cargo consolidators.
Speaking while at the Inland Container Depot (ICD) in Embakasi, the President stated that the new move is to ensure that all tax evasion loopholes are sealed as only gazetted consolidators will be allowed to do business.
“There are people who engage in consolidation. They bring goods in containers, claiming they are transit goods while their real motive is to evade paying tax. That is not right, and we will not allow it,” President Kenyatta said.
The President made the remarks after visiting the ICD assuring the small-scale traders that they will have their goods cleared on time once they adhere to the laid strategies.
“Many times, our traders operate without knowledge of the government procedures, and we would like all boardroom decisions disseminated to the traders,” he added.
The President highlighted the need for importers to seize importing counterfeit goods as they play a vital role in the rising unemployment status in the country.
The head of state also emphasized on the need for having a quick clearance of cargo, as he said that previously he had received many complaints from importers after their goods taking longer than expected at the ICD.
Much of the delay has been attributed to the insufficient paperwork, including cargo that is destined for the local market that was declared as export goods by deceitful importers in attempts to evade paying requisite taxes.
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