Welcome to Shippers Council of Eastern Africa (SCEA) website. We are a business membership organization that represents the interests of importers and exporters in Kenya and the Eastern Africa Region. It provides a platform to articulate their concerns and demands to service providers and government regulatory institutions.
The establishment of SCEA is informed by demand from shippers and logistics providers to harness and consolidate efforts of finding to numerous capacity challenges and in-efficiencies in logistics especially in the ports of entry and exit in the Northern and Central corridors.
The cost of moving goods across borders has become increasingly important since countries can easily price themselves out of global markets due to the high costs of moving goods.
According to recent World Bank Investment Climate Surveys, East Africa compares poorly in several areas of trade facilitation, for example, in the number of days it takes to clear import and export cargo through ports and customs.
The turn-around times for vessels at the Mombasa Port, Dar-Es-Salaam is about 7 -14 days compared with two days in Bangkok and a few hours in Singapore. Such differentials raise the cost of doing business in East Africa and help to undermine the foreign direct investment in Kenya and competitiveness of Kenya’s exports and manufuctured goods.
Our role as SCEA
The East Africa Logistics Performance survey, undertaken by the Council examines the cost, time and complexity of the East African logistics Chain which reveal that high transport costs in the East African region pose serious challenges in the region’s ability to effectively compete with the rest of the world in trade.The 2012 Survey shows significant improvement in logistics performance at both the Port of Mombasa and Dar-es- Salam. The survey reveals that the Mombasa Port and the Northern Corridor have improved efficiency due to ongoing reforms and infrastructure improvements at the Key East African ports. Corridor efficiency has significantly improved with the proposed establishment of One Stop Border Posts (OSBPs) and implementation of mechanisms to eliminate Non – Tariff Barriers (NTBs) which has witnessed border crossing times significantly improved with average border crossing time reducing from 27 hours to 3 hours at Malaba border post (Kenya - Uganda) and from 3.2 hours to an average 1 hour at Katuna border post (Kenya - Rwanda). This is a great improvement from the 2011 survey that indicated that transporting export goods is 60 – 70 percent higher than the United States and Europe and 30 percent higher than Southern Africa. This cost is estimated to reduce economic growth by one percent annually, especially in landlocked Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda.
These findings give the Council the impetus to aggresively advocate for efficient, reliable, predictable and cost effective transport and logistics systems, development of sufficient infrastructure, influence of transport policy and improvement in the regulatory framework. This is expected to bring about competitiveness and spur economic growth in the region hand in hand with the efforts of the East African Common Market Protocol. The discovery of Oil in Kenya and Uganda coupled with the envisaged regional economic growth of between 5 -7 % further stresses the need for concerted efforts to address the challenges in the logistics subsector.