Government reaches out to the Private Sector to use the Nairobi Inland Container Depot
The Government of Kenya has called on the private sector to utilize the Nairobi Inland Contained Depot (ICD). Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and Kenya Railways (KR) have embarked on sensitization meetings with the private sector to promote the Nairobi ICD based in Embakasi. The main objective of the ICD is to bring port services closer to customers in the hinterland through special maintainer services as it offers efficient cargo clearance under one stop shop.
The private sector applauded KRA and KR for reviving the Nairobi ICD facility as it will greatly reduce congestion at the Port of Mombasa. It will further enhance effective and efficient trade facilitation within the Northern Corridor and will go a long way to improve ‘Trading across Border’ Indicator under the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Indicators.
The three agencies are working in tandem and in a meeting organized recently for private sector to deliberate on how to improve efficiency in cargo clearance at the ICD. During the meeting, Kenya Railways Managing Director Mr. Atanas Maina emphasized that ICD is not a storage facility and that the promotional tariff rates will be offered for the next three months. Continuous engagement with the various stakeholders will also be key in order to address all arising issues. Eng. Atonga from Kenya Ports Authority said his company has installed new cranes to handle containers and increase efficiency at the port in order to ensure faster turnaround time. Additionally, they are constructing three roads connecting ICD to Thika Super Highway, Southern bypass and Industrial area in order to hasten last mile connectivity of cargo to the industries.
KRA Commissioner for Customs, Mr. Julius Musyoki, confirmed the use of technology through use of smart gates integration and installation of five new scanners to address exports and non-compliant cargo. KRA has also seconded senior staff to the ICD in order to facilitate cargo clearance. He said they have already vetted and approved 160 Authorized Economic Operates (AEO).