KRA commissions sh.300 M cargo scanners

John Njiraini and China commissioner during commissioning of scanner at Mombasa port. PHOTO: HILLARY MAKOKHA.

Mombasa, KENYA: Kenya Revenue Authority KRA on Friday commissioned three cargo scanners at the port of Mombasa.

The newly installed cargo scanners, two fixed and one mobile, will bring to a total of four scanners at the port of Mombasa.

“This has given us the capacity to scan all the cargoes of interest from risk management perspective,”Said KRA commissioner general John Njiraini.

KRA has also said installed scanners will improve the number of cargoes scanned at Mombasa port by 30%.

According to KRA, about 500 containers were being scanned at the port daily and the number will increase to 750 containers daily.

Mr.Njiraini said the scanners were donated by the government of the People’s Republic of China.

He further said the government of China will also donate another 10 smaller scanners for use in baggage screening at the Airports in the Country.

The KRA commissioner said the project is part of the revenue collectors mission in implementing use of technology, to make business more efficient and customer friendly.

The project is  geared towards improving trade facilitation and revenue collection at the Port.

“The three scanners are donated by government of China but we have spent money on civil workrs, preparing the ground and installation, we spent about sh.100 million,” said Njiraini.

He added that the the scanner cost sh.300 million each.