MOTOR vehicle importers have now appealed to the Kenya Revenue Authority to upgrade its online clearance system to facilitate easier and faster clearing at the Mombasa port.
Through the Association of Importers of Motor Vehicles in Kenya, the traders have termed the system inefficient as it has failed to play its expected role.
Simba system, the electronic platform launched in 2005 to expedite clearance and check graft abetted by use of manual systems, has been hit with several technical hitches since its launch.
Speaking in Mombasa yesterday, the association's chairman Peter Mambembe said the system was supposed to make clearing easier for traders by enabling them transact from their offices. He said the system has however failed to back up the manual system due to its unreliability.
"The Simba system is supposed to allow importers and customs agents to pay taxes and clear goods while in office. KRA should upgrade it to allow importers to clear their goods online through a paperless system," Mambembe told the Star.
"This will also enhance revenue collection for the government and eliminate corruption," he said. He said the system is underperforming hence affecting customs services and hindering the presidential directives on port efficiency.
The system, which was previously faulted by the Kenya International Freight and Warehousing Association, is said to cost importers and exporters millions of shillings.