The cost of importing products into Kenya is expected to go up after KenTrade introduced new user fees on its electronic single window system.
In a post on Twitter dated 22nd January 2020, KenTrade announced the imposition of the new user fees which are expected to start on 1st March 2020.
PUBLIC NOTICE: USER FEE ON KENYA TRADENET SYSTEMhttps://t.co/RQZPm5SrFY
— KenTrade (@KenTrade_G2B) January 22, 2020
According to KenTrade, all users of the Kenya TradeNet System are being targeted in a bid to ensure the sustainability of the Kenya TradeNet System and safeguard the gains realized.
In the notice, KenTrade explains that the new user fees will take effect on 1st March 2020, but registration will start on 1st February 2020.
Here is how the services will be charged and how much they will cost:
A registration fee or an annual subscription of 5,000 shillings will from now on be imposed. This fee will apply to all users who are registered and certified to use Kenya TradeNet System.
The registration fee will be payable on or before the expiry of 12 months from the date of the last payment.
According to KenTrade, registration will only be done once and will be renewable annually. Applications for registration will be via the web link on the kentrade.go.ke.
Unique Consignment Reference (UCR) Number
A fee of 750 shillings will be charged for the application of a UCR number in the system. This fee will be payable on or before the 10th day of the preceding month.
A fee of 7,500 shillings will be charged for every arrival notification by the system for the impending arrival notice of the consignment. This fee will be payable on or before the 10th day of the preceding month.