Kenya Revenue Authority in collaboration with Kenya Railways Corporation, Kenya Ports Authority, and Kenya Bureau of Standards in the month of February held a high-level inter-agency meeting to deliberate on how best Government Agencies can collaborate to support the Authorized Economic Operators(AEOs) to facilitate faster cargo clearance at the Inland Container Depot, Embakasi.
The Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Programme is a World Customs Organization (WCO) tool to secure and facilitate legitimate trade. The programme allows Customs Administrations to enter into strategic agreements with operators who meet certain supply chain security standards and best practices, including compliance to Customs laws and regulations. In return, Customs offer the companies tangible trade facilitation benefits.
All the government agencies involved in cargo clearance committed to ensure a cross board undertaking of the green channel (AEO Program). The green channel automatically clears cargo without human intervention since post- clearance audits are intelligence-based through Integrated Customs Management System (iCMS).
KRA has established a dedicated office to handle AEO concerns in a bid to resolve issues within the shortest time possible.