22 March 2013

Kenya: Importers Upset Over New Radiation Charges

Importers at the Mombasa port may be losing millions of shillings in radiation fees imposed by the Radiation Protection Board, Car Importers Association of Kenya has said.

National chairman Peter Otieno told the Star that the Sh5,000 charged per vehicle is not a gazetted fee and that the charges are catered for in the fee payable to inspection companies in Japan.

Otieno also revealed that only selected Container Freight Stations were a target by the RPB during enforcement of the 'illegal charges'.

"The issue of radiation compliance is being handled by Kenya Bureau of Standards-mandated companies in Japan.

"What RPB is doing at the port here is illegal. Importers are told to pay Sh5,000 per vehicle despite paying the inspection fee to Kebs-affiliated companies in Japan," said Otieno.

He added, 'Surprisingly only a few CFSs are being taken to task to pay. The ones affected are those passing through Mombasa Container Terminal and African Line CFS despite the port having more than 16 CFSs in operation."

Kebs has three companies mandated to inspect all imported vehicles in their countries of origin before landing at the port.

The companies charge Sh18,920 per vehicle inclusive of all charges to cater for radiation inspection.

"The only amount importers are supposed to pay is port charges, customs duty and registration before one can collect his vehicle," said Otieno.

A source at Kebs  revealed that the radiation board could be raking in Sh25 million per shipment of about 5,000 vehicles.

Radiation officer Nixon Mdachi based at the port said RPB had accredited service providers to do the radiation checks.

"Radiation board does not charge any fee for radiation checks. However to achieve the checks, it has accredited service providers who then charge for the work done," said Mdachi in a text message.

Mdachi however did not state the names of the accredited service providers and amount of fee charged.

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