Global trade and technology platform, Kountable announced on Wednesday, 4 September 2019, that it has formed strategic partnerships with customs agencies in both Rwanda and Kenya. The first agencies to formally join the Kountable network were CLOFFIK and SPEDAG Interfreight of Rwanda. The company hopes that this partnership will provide its platform with a dedicated group of local customs experts to assist in the processing and payment for imported goods.
“The more parties we have who validate and participate in a transaction the more trust and transparency we bring to the network,” says Kountable CEO, Chris Hale. “We have gone through an extensive process to select these partners based on their professionalism and strength of their experience”.
The agencies were chosen after undergoing a rigorous selection process that included in-depth interviews, obtaining recommendations from the Rwanda Revenue Authority’s (RRA’s) Risk Management Office as well as the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA’s) Commissioner, Customs and Excise Services Department.
It’s now up to CLOFFIK and SPEDAG Interfreight to deliver the timely provision of tax declaration drafts, clear and forward proforma invoices, pay duty and clearing services and learn about local customs laws and regulations on behalf of the Kountable network.
In addition to the group of local customs experts, Kountable hopes to reap other benefits which include faster processing, better access to ports where its network delivers goods, assurance that the correct taxes and duties are paid and increased awareness of up-to-date local policy changes.
Edited by Jenna Cook
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