ECTN trial ends of 18th May 2016

 calendar  Tuesday, 17 May 2016 07:14

On March 3, 2016, the Shippers Council of Eastern Africa issued a notice announcing its Partnership with Antaser in respect to a commencement of a three month pilot on the advance Cargo information system (ECTN) in Kenya from March 18th – May 18th, 2016.

The trial was a follow –up to a feasibility study undertaken and which established that the system    has   the potential   to   significantly reduce   the   period within   which intervening authorities involved in the process of clearance of imported cargo in the Eastern Africa region receive information and requisite documentation for clearance of goods both at the customs services department (CSD) and other interveners at the    port     of    Mombasa.     Currently   the   Ship   Manifest,   which   is   the   principal document for clearance of goods, becomes available to the CSD and other interveners only 48 hours before the arrival of shipments while the ECTN provides information up to 480 hours in advance.

Antaser and Shippers Council of Eastern Africa acknowledge and appreciate the support and cooperation that the shippers, service providers from various stakeholders and government departments accorded to us during the trial period. The feedbacks and data derived during the trials has provided very useful information to complete our feasibility findings.

SCEA has commenced the analysis and is reviewing the data collected during the trial period and advice the Government accordingly. Following the successful piloting, notice is hereby given that the trial period comes to an end on May 18th, 2016 and the ECTN will no longer be applicable for exports to Kenya. The results of the pilot will be shared with relevant Government and regulatory agencies to determine its applicability and relevance in our trade logistics environment. We once again thank you very much for the support.