A duty increase on imported goods has caused a clearance clog at the Port of Mombasa, with more than 1,000 containers piling up uncollected. This is after the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) increased tariffs three months ago.
There are fears of job losses as many clearing and forwarding agents say they can no longer afford to release goods at the port, with the delays having a cost impact on importers through demurrage charges, hence lowered income.
According to the Kenya International Freight and Warehousing Association, Mombasa branch secretary, Mr Bernard Simiyu, KRA introduced tariffs in August.
Following this, the duty on imported goods jumped from $200 (Sh20,000) per tonne to $580 (Sh58,000), overburdening many clearing and forwarding agents.
He said the increased tariffs affected commodities such as rice, tyres, batteries, powdered milk and…