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Digital platform to reduce cargo delay at Mombasa port

07 February 2014, 11:50 Harrison Mbungu

Monday - The Kenya Transporters Association (KTA) and the Trademark East Africa have launched a digital platform to improve professionalism in the sector and reduce cargo clearance delays in the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA).

The online portal will improve professionalism, access of information and services on transport and logistics for trade and the movement of goods.

It will also help with access of information on the rules, regulations and procedures for road transportation.

Speaking in Mombasa on Thursday morning during the launch, the National Transport and Safety Authority chairman, Lee Kinyanjui said the online portal will serve all the needed function by providing all necessary data as well as  zip in all information gaps in the transport sector.

“Transport costs are significantly high contributing to 30 percent of export value and accounting for 40 percent of the cost of doing business in Kenya," said Kinyanjui.

The move, according to Kinyanjui, will also curb irregularities in the cargo weigh bridges as well as ease traffic congestion on the roads.

Kenya Transporters Association executive director, Willington Kiverenge supported the launch saying the move will promote growth, development and cooperation in the transport sector.

"Lack of information or minimal information access is considered as non- tariff barrier to trade. It was noted that drivers face harassment and possible detention by unscrupulous customs and police officers taking advantage of their apparent ignorance regarding the basic laws on boarder and transit operations. The KTA e-portal will act as a one-stop information and document center for transport operators,” said Kiverenge.

He added that the association had made plans to establish a driver’s curriculum in all driving institutions to enable them produce qualified drivers in future. He said the curriculum will be adopted in all institutions once a proper legislation is implemented.

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