Kenya: Cargo for Uganda Clogs Port
Saturday, 18 February 2012 | 00:00
Goods destined for Uganda are still lying at the port of Mombasa and causing massive congestion, despite a waiver of storage charges.
At least 500 containers are still lying at the port yard, three weeks after the Transport ministry launched a Rapid Result Initiative to decongest the port that is choking with cargo.
An official at the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) said that despite waiver of all the storage charges, the containers loaded with sugar and occupying a lot of space, are yet to be shipped.
"I don't know what the problem is because we have been told even the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has offered a waiver," the official, who did not wish to be named, said.
On Monday, KPA head of corporate affairs Bernard Osero said customers had complained that while KPA had waived the storage charges, others had not responded in a similar manner.
He said only 70 customers had applied for a waiver for only 100 teus of the 4,000, that had been moved out of the port. There were 16,000 in a yard with a capacity for 15,000 teus.
"The situation has not changed much because more containers are being offloaded from the ships," Mr Osero said on Thursday.
At the time the RRI was launched at KPA on January 25, KRA outgoing commissioner -general Michael Waweru ruled out a blanket waiver by the taxman, citing regional laws.
"We cannot wake up one day and issue a waiver for all the cargo because it would be against the law," Mr Kennedy Onyonyi, KRA's officer in charge of communication reiterated on Thursday.
Source: All Africa
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