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Kenya: Manufacturers Develop Standards to Ease Goods Clearance at Points of Entry

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Nairobi — Manufacturers have launched standards aimed at enhancing efficiency and accountability at the ports and border points in the country.

The Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) developed by Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) seek to ensure better and more efficient entry operations to facilitate trade and enhance the fight against illicit trade.

Speaking at the Launch yesterday, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Industrialization, Trade, and Enterprise Development Betty Maina highlighted the Government’s commitment to sustain the fight against illicit trade in the country, adding that the vice poses a great threat to the realization of the Government’s Big 4 Agenda.

‘Our ports and other points of entry play a fundamental role in facilitating global trade. The development of these SOPs is therefore an integral part of a successful quality system. They will provide information to perform a job properly and consistently to achieve pre-determined specification and a quality end-result,’ said CS Maina.

‘I assure the private sector of government’s commitment to continue enhancing efficiencies and accountability during inspection, verification, and clearance of imported goods at our ports of entry. Sustaining the fight against various forms of illicit trade shall enhance the realization of the Government’s Big 4 Agenda,’ she added.

Speaking on behalf of the Deputy Head of Public Service and the National Coordinator for enforcement Multi-Agency Team against Illicit Trade Wanyama Musiambo, Friddah Kaberia, Ag. Executive Director, Anti-Counterfeit Authority noted that, ‘The fight against illicit trade must be enhanced and intensified. We applaud KAM for developing the SOPS. This is an attempt to bring all actors to harmonize work and reduce delays for the benefit of agencies, and manufacturers.’