Automobile imports pile up at port for lack of number plates

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Wednesday August 11 2021

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2d hand autos being offloaded from a Cargo Ship on the Port of Mombasa. FILE PHOTO | NMG

By ANTHONY KITIMO

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Summary

  • Imported autos continue to pile up, causing congestion in Mombasa depots due to the number plates shortage.
  • The units which are primarily adding up to extra than 1,000 absorb precipitated massive losses to automobile importers who’re being pressured to pay storage costs because the Kenya Earnings Authority maintains handiest duly registered autos with number plates will be released.

Imported autos continue to pile up, causing congestion in Mombasa depots due to the number plates shortage.

The units which are primarily adding up to extra than 1,000 absorb precipitated massive losses to automobile importers who’re being pressured to pay storage costs because the Kenya Earnings Authority maintains handiest duly registered autos with number plates will be released from port services and products.

Most autos imported since early July absorb no longer been released due to the failure by the Nationwide Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) to provide number plates for imported autos.

And not utilizing a longer much less than three ships scheduled to dock on the Port of Mombasa in the subsequent few days, the advise might perhaps perhaps aggravate if the subject is no longer resolved with traders accusing NTSA of being reluctant in resolving the subject.

The Kenya Global Freight Warehousing Association chairperson Roy Mwanthi acknowledged they are incurring massive losses regardless of paying all port costs.

“There might be congestion in completely different automobile depots in Mombasa regardless of clearing with KRA however the autos can’t be released without number plates. This has resulted in rising ticket to importers as they are incurring demurrages every day,” acknowledged Mr Mwanthi.

“Heaps of importers are stranded and with extra autos being imported in the intervening time, this might perhaps perhaps result in massive loss to dealers and particular person importers.”

Automobile Importers Association of Kenya (CIAK) Chairman Peter Otieno acknowledged rather then inadequate plates, there has been a machine failure because the KRA platform is no longer reflected.

“So much of the autos imported since July which tally cease to 7,000 absorb no longer been released. The subject started a pair of month previously and with extra autos being imported this time. We’re having a severe advise. We’re also having disorders where a automobile is cleared by NTSA however on the KRA machine, it’s miles no longer reflecting it,” acknowledged Mr Otieno.

He popular that rather then plates, the importers are having challenges in getting stickers and so that they need to inspire for a pair of week to acquire one.

In a letter seen by Shipping and Logistics from NTSA Director Overall George Njao dated August 6, 2021 to KRA Commissioner Overall Githii Mburu, the company acknowledged the dearth which it has attributed to its dealer.

“NTSA is presently experiencing delays in production and provide of number plates and logbooks from our suppliers, the Convey Department of Correctional Services and products (SDCS) and the Authorities Printer respectively. As on the date of this letter, the authority is allocating number plates series KDD-P against the final phrase series supplied KDD-L thus translating to a deficit of three,000 number plates pending provide,” read part of the letter by Mr Njao.

“As properly as to congestion on the Port of Mombasa, this extend has led to an outcry from motor automobile dealers which absorb no longer handiest been inconvenienced however need to pay demurrage costs on a subject which is previous their preserve watch over. Both the SDCS and Authorities Printer absorb apprised us on the challenges they are experiencing in production which they’ve projected will be resolved in the subsequent couple of days.”

NTSA now has requested KRA to starting up all registered autos to diminish congestion and value to importers.

“As it’s doubtless you’ll perhaps perhaps presumably additionally very properly be aware, the authority launched a Third Plate Decal (e-sticker) to amongst other issues, toughen identification of registered motor autos. As a quit hole measure we appropriate search data from you to authorise the starting up of autos which were duly registered and the e-sticker affixed on their windshield, pending issuance of the bodily number plates and the logbooks. Within the meantime, we’re working carefully with our suppliers to tackle the challenges,” acknowledged NTSA director customary.

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