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Importers have opposed the rules, which are meant to conform to the Comesa Treaty’s non-tariff barriers policy.
Agriculture Minister William Ruto said that the new regulations would be gazetted “soon”.
The announcement comes in the wake of fears that the country could be headed for a shortage of sugar. The Kenya Sugar Board has written to the ministry of Agriculture to warn of an impending shortage.
But sugar millers have insisted that they have enough stocks.
Mr Ruto said some 8,000 tonnes of sugar at the port that are awaiting clearance by the Kenya Revenue Authority would be released soon.
The sugar was imported just days before the minister announced a ban on sugar importation. The sugar board followed this with a public notice requiring importers to declare their consignments for clearance.
“The consignment must have credible documentation to ensure they meet Comesa regulations before they are discharged,” Mr Ruto said on Wednesday after he toured several stands at the Mombasa International Show.
The minister said every consignment will be inspected and documented to lock out unscrupulous businessmen.
PARASTATAL heads who signed the Mombasa port community charter risk being sacked if their agencies do not deliver on the contents of the new entity. The charter signed between the government and the private sector aims at improving the movement of cargo from the port into hinterland