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Sunday, January 19, 2014 

Kenya to roll out new link

NAIROBI, Kenya - The one-stop shop for lodging import and export documents which has been undergoing piloting for three months will will be rolled out fully from February 1.

   The roll-out of the Kenya     National Electronic Single Window System, also called Kenya TradeNet, is being implemented by state agency Kentrade and aims to transition Kenya from the existing multiple manual systems by various stakeholders in cargo import and export documentation into a single electronic cargo clearance platform.

    Kentrade said last week the ongoing pilot phase involves nine out of 24 government agencies and 40 private sectors companies involved in cargo clearance processes at the Port of Mombasa, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and land border posts.

   “Kenya Tradenet went live on pilot basis and commenced roll-out of the various modules on October 31, 2013 at 23:59hrs as scheduled,” said Kentrade’s corporate communications manager Ann Odero.

   The October 31st roll out of the system marked the beginning of automation of cargo documentation processes by integrating systems of all key stakeholders involved in cargo clearance such as Kenya Revenue Authority and Kenya Ports Authority among others.

  “The system is currently processing live transactions with the selected groups during this piloting phase ending January 31 before phased roll-out to all groups and stations,” said Odero.

 Kentrade was reacting to claims by some clearing agents that the single window system is behind schedule.

By Humphrey Liloba, Sunday, January 19th, 2014