DIGITIZATION OF CROSS BORDER TRADE

One of the challenges in engaging in international trade on crops in Kenya has been the slow clearance process which keeps the goods in transit delayed at the export zone. Considering the high perishability of fresh agricultural produce, this delay may lead to reduction in their quality and lead to economic losses. In line with this, the government has automated its systems of clearance such that importers and exporters can know the particular institutions they need to get permits from, apply for permits, associated fees charged as well as track progress of their clearance online. This has created convenience to cross border traders who initially had to physically visit various institutions to get these services. In order to familiarize stakeholders with the system, Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) organized for training on Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) on 26th-27th June 2019, which focused on cross border trade and foreign trade procedures. The training was held in Sarova Stanley Hotel in Nairobi. Participants included representatives from International Trade Centre (ITC), Society of Crop Agribusiness Advisors of Kenya (SOCCA), Cereal Growers Association (CGA), Ministry of Trade National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC) and NPCK.
For more information click here https://npck.org/step-bystep-guide-to-foreign-trade-procedures/

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