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Export permits He added that the system is currently able to process pre-clearance documents including import and export permits from Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs), Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis) and Department of Veterinary Services (DVS). Other organisations whose documents can be pre-cleared are Horticultural Crops Development Authority (HCDA), Pharmacy & Poisons Board (PPB) and Port Health. The system is also used to apply for and approve Kenya Revenue Authority’s Import Declaration Form (IDF). Kebs Managing Director, Charles Ongwae reiterated that the new rule takes effect on August 1, 2014. “Under the new rule, cargo importers with hard copies of clearance documents (such as customs declaration) presented at the entry points for goods whose IDFs were processed through the system must also include a copy of Kebs consignment document from the Kenya TradeNet System” he said. Kenya Revenue Authority’s Simba System, Kenya Ports Authority’s KWATOS System and Kenya Plant Heath Inspectorate Service’s system, which play central roles in cargo clearance, have already been integrated with the Kenya TradeNet System. This is meant to enable electronic lodgment, processing, and sharing of Import Declaration Forms (IDF) and Manifests (Sea and Air) among stakeholders. Integration with Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) system is currently ongoing. Kenya Trade Network Agency completed piloting for Phase 1 of the electronic permits module in March this year.
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