Kenya To Fully Roll Out New Digital Customs System In June

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Kenya will roll out its long delayed new digital customs system in June this year, according to Dr Kevit Desai, Principal Secretary at Kenya’s Ministry of East African Community Affairs.

The integrated Customs Management System (iCMS) aims to improve efficiencies at the Port of Mombasa and along the Northern Corridor, and will allow Kenyan revenue authorities to receive goods declarations before ships arrive at the port, significantly reducing goods clearance time. Desai said that the system is currently 90% complete, with 41 modules done and the remaining four to be completed by June.

The new system will replace the Simba system, which has flaws that permit tax evasion and has a prolonged down time, resulting in excessive delays of cargo movement from the port of Mombasa, according to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

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