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Kenya: KNCCI to Issue Certificate of Origin ElectronicallyThursday, January 08, 2015 > 10:09:29
The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry has automated issuance of the Certificate of Origin, effective this month, in a bid to reduce time taken and ease international trade facilitation.
It is expected that this will reduce costs on the export process, but KNCCI could not immediately issue an estimate of the expected savings.
According to Masinde Mwangale, the Chamber's trade and investments officer, the digital platform will enable businesses to apply for the document from remote locations, cutting down on time and paperwork involved.
"The digital platform will interlink the Kenyan chamber and other chambers abroad in order to ease our way of doing business. The system will also link institutions that aid traders, including banks," he said in a phone interview.
The electronic certificate of origin (e-COO) will have enhanced security features, including a unique watermark and barcodes, as well as auto-generated serial numbers.
Mwangale said KNCCI will embark on creating awareness and training its members on how to use the new portal.
The shift to digital platform will be gradual, he said, to give time to companies to effectively shift from manual systems.
KNCCI was handed back the mandate to issuing the Certificate of Origin in July 2014, a function temporarily handled by the Kenya Bureau of Standards as the Chamber was rocked in internal leadership wrangles.
The ordinary certificate of origin affects goods destined for the Middle East, India, Russia, Eastern and Central European markets.