Dormant imports will be auctioned, ICD warns importers

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Power equipment lying dormant at Nairobi’s Inland Container Depot (ICD) will be auctioned, the cargo handler has warned.

According to ICD, failure by Kenyan importers to clear and collect their merchandise has led to congestion at the site which has compelled the company to auction. The sale is scheduled for November.

“Notice is given that unless the under-mentioned goods are entered and removed from the Customs Warehouse within thirty (30) days from the date of this notice, they will be sold by public auction on 20th November, 2018,” said an ICD notice published in Friday’s Kenya Gazette.

Some of the companies whose consignments might be auctioned include: Kenya Power, the Geothermal Development Company and the Kenya Transmission Company.

Kenya Power for instance, is yet to collect eight deliveries of assorted electricity equipment such as transformers from the depot since June 17, 2018. Mitsubishi Hitachi Power, which won the tender to install a geothermal production plant at Ol Karia, has failed to gather four shipments of Hotwell parts and spare parts which first docked at the port on August 15, 2018 while Kenya Transmission Company has failed to collect 17 batches of various equipment meant for multiple transmission substations across the country.

ICD also revealed that some packages were initially intended to be collected at the Mombasa Port but lax by parties handling the goods led to confusion which has contributed to the pile up of goods at the site.

According to ICD, a 20 per cent penalty will be issued for importers who have not yet collected and cleared their imports from the depot.

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