The Kenya Revenue Authority has begun auctioning containers that have been at the Port of Mombasa for more than 100 days.
According to information from the KRA Mombasa office, 39 containers have already been placed under the hammer and the authority is looking forward to auction about 113 containers this month.
“This is to confirm that 39 containers have been auctioned and 113 containers will be auctioned this month,” read a statement from KRA.
They are part of more than 1,000 containers that were identified as having overstayed at the port resulting into congestion that has slowed down operations.
It is hoped that through their removal from the port, business will normalise and restore efficiency in handling of cargo.
In January, the ministry of transport announced a three- month programme dubbed Rapid Results Initiative to speed up operations at the Port of Mombasa that saw the Kenya Port Authority (KPA) grant a blanket waiver on accrued charges for these containers.
By the time the waiver came to a close in March, less than 200 containers had been claimed because of what officials at KPA termed as failure to take into consideration other charges that containers attract such as those imposed by KRA and the shipping companies for delayed return of containers.
In its statement, KRA said that it was yet to receive another 984 containers from the targeted category as KPA had not transferred them to its customs warehouse.