The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has permitted exiting of imported vehicles from the port of Mombasa without number plates to ease the clearance congestion.
The taxman said it allowed imported cars to leave the port with logbooks and a third identifier stickers, which are pasted on windscreens.
About 10,000 imported second-hand vehicles have been lying at container freight stations (CSFs) in Mombasa as owners are charged between Sh2,000 and Sh6,000 daily for delayed clearance.
Kenya registers an average of 9,175 cars in a month, underlying the supply hitch that has seen importers lose millions of shillings.
ountry is also facing a shortage of logbooks, further compounding the problem of clearance. The shortage of the plates is attributed to lack of raw materials amid an increase in demand for car registration.
“We have had discussions with KRA and an importer is required to produce an e-sticker and logbooks as proof that the vehicle is duly registered,” Francis Meja, director-general at the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) told the Business Daily on Wednesday.
“This also applies to new vehicles assembled locally. So long as the vehicle is registered, issued with an e-sticker and a logbook, it can leave the local assembly point,” said Mr Meja.