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Kenya: Implementation of the new Integrated Customs Management System (iCMS)

With public notice dated 13 June 2019, the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) communicates the commencement of implementation of the new IT Customs Management System, called “Integrated Customs Management System” (iCMS) at the Port of Mombasa, the Inland Container Depot Nairobi (ICDN) and the other land border customs offices of the country. The iCMS system is expected to cut clearance time for imports and exports by at least 60 per cent, through the elimination of bureaucratic processes at the ports and land borders, the automation of manual and semi-manual processes and less system breakdowns. Customs procedures will also benefit from less paperwork, with considerable savings for businesses.

The iCMS replaces the previous Simba system, adopted in 2005, which ran on a multiplicity of sub-systems and required multiple points of authentication for users. Differently from Simba, iCMS enables KRA to receive declarations of goods before ships dock at the port, so reducing the time taken to clear goods because of the anticipation of the risk analysis before consignments arrive at the port.

Smaller firms outsource customs procedures

According to a Report published by the International Trade Centre (ITC) in 2017, almost 2 thirds of Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) currently use to outsource the management of customs formalities to external service providers, in this proportion: a) logistics and delivery service providers: 25%; b) customs brokers: 16%; c) e-commerce platforms: 9%.

The percentage of companies completing customs procedures on their own is only 40%. This proves that the role of customs agents acting as middlemen between Customs and traders is crucial in facilitating trade.

Harmonisation of customs procedures between Ethiopia and Kenya

Desiderio Consultants was responsible for the coordination of the project of harmonisation of customs and other border agencies' procedures at the border between the two countries. Read the article (in Italian).

Sportello unico doganale e dei controlli e “governance” doganale

Il decreto legislativo 4 agosto 2016, pubblicato nella Gazzetta Ufficiale della Repubblica Italiana, serie generale, n. 203 del 31 agosto 2016, ha finalmente approvato la riorganizzazione, razionalizzazione e semplificazione della disciplina concernente le autorità portuali... (leggi l'articolo su Sistemi di Logistica, pag. 10)

 


Dall'OMD uno studio sugli spedizionieri doganali

Un recente studio dell'Organizzazione Mondiale delle Dogane analizza le funzioni e l'evoluzione della figura dello spedizioniere doganale, attraverso il confronto delle esperienze dei vari Paesi del mondo. L'analisi rivela il ruolo di facilitatori dei traffici di tali professionisti, nonché di intermediari tra imprese e dogana. Le dogane sono esortate a fare leva su tali figure al fine di promuovere e moltiplicare l'accesso ai loro servizi e per migliorare i processi di comunicazione con il settore privato. Lo studio è disponibile al presente link.

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