Chamber wants authority to issue Certificates of Origin

Published on 25/02/2009

By John Oyuke

Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry wants to be allowed to start issuing Certificates of Origin for exports.

National chairman David Githere said the chamber is pushing for the return of the one-stop shop facility that saw more than Sh4 million collected from exporters every month in licensing fees.

“We have held meetings with the top officials at the Ministry of Trade to restore our position as the reference point for exports,” he told a news conference in Nairobi yesterday.

The Certificate of Origin in addition to confirming where exported goods were made and their trade value to the recipients, could lead to reduction of tax on goods depending on bi-lateral trade agreements existing between trading states.

Former Trade Minister Mukhisa Kituyi stripped the Chamber of the role of issuing Certificates of Origin for exports in September 2005 following protracted wrangles leaving the organisation without a reliable source of income.

The authority to issue the certificates was transferred to the Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Bureau of Standards and Export Promotion Council.The chamber was legally allowed to levy 0.25 per cent of the value of export goods for which it issued a lisence to an exporter.Githere said though the chamber still issues some of the certificates, it wants the operation restored for ease of doing business.

Githere who was briefing journalist on the chamber’s agenda for this year announced the board had picked Investment Banker, Jimnah Mbaru as the chamber’s first Vice National Chairman.

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