KRA Vehicle Clearance: Over 20,000 cars are currently stuck at the port of Mombasa over the age limit ban. The cars which were manufactured in 2013 are alleged to have landed at the Mombasa port after the ban on importation of cars manufacture in 2013 had taken effect.
However, car importers are contesting the ban, arguing that the cars had been loaded in ships as early as October 2020, but got stuck in the sea due to the on-going pandemic.
“The vehicles are yet to be cleared as Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs), Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) bicker over whether to use the block year or the month the vehicles were registered to determine their ages,” a report that appeared in the Daily Nation on Tuesday said.
The report said that the vehicles had been cleared by “Kebs-appointed agents after undergoing on-time inspection in the country of origin, and issued with Certificates of Road-worthiness but the KRA wants to use block year rather than month of manufacture to determine the age limit.”
“There have been a number of irregularly registered motor vehicles which have been found to be over-age and, as such, they are prohibited imports since they do not comply with Kebs KS 1515:2000 standard on the eight-year rule. The public is urged to verify the payment status of customs duty of all registered vehicles with KRA before purchasing and taxpayers are further requested to report any suspected non-compliant vehicles operating in the country,” said KRA in a public notice. KRA Vehicle Clearance.
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