En­sure seam­less sup­ply of es­sen­tial prod­ucts

Business Daily (Kenya) - - EDITORIAL & OPINION - Roll out mea­sures that will ease the move­ment of goods into the coun­try

Re­ports that there is a bit­ing short­age of fe­male hy­giene prod­ucts in the coun­try are wor­ry­ing. Ac­cord­ing to a re­port car­ried in this news­pa­per, the short­age has been brought about by im­port hitches at the points of en­try.

Lo­cal sup­pli­ers have at­trib­uted the short­age to hur­dles in the sup­ply of raw ma­te­ri­als that are used to pro­duce the tam­pons.the slow move­ment of cargo at the Port of Mom­basa has also been blamed for the short­age.

Even as we wel­come the en­force­ment of more strin­gent in­spec­tion pro­ce­dures at the port that are aimed at crack­ing down on the im­por­ta­tion of coun­ter­feit goods, the State agen­cies re­spon­si­ble for the ver­i­fi­ca­tion ex­er­cise should en­sure that they do not ham­per the sup­ply of es­sen­tial goods into the coun­try.

The on­go­ing crack­down has pre­vi­ously also af­fected soft drinks man­u­fac­tur­ers.

The Kenya Bureau of Stan­dards and the Kenya Rev­enue Author­ity had last May is­sued a no­tice to all im­pot­ers of con­sol­i­dated air and sea cargo to have their goods in­spected un­der a new pro­ce­dure that was in­tro­duced in 2005. What the gov­ern­ment agen­cies need to do is to roll out mea­sures that will ease the move­ment of goods into the coun­try even as the in­spec­tions are con­ducted.

The ex­er­cise should be seam­less as it would en­sure that the tax­man earns the re­quired rev­enue, no sub­stan­dard goods are al­lowed in and sup­pli­ers would able to meet the de­mands of their clients.

Any hic­cups in the process as cur­rently wit­nessed will only lead to a short­age of goods, pun­ish­ing the in­no­cent users in the process.

The on­go­ing short­age is a sad in­dict­ment of the red tape that is en­demic in the pub­lic sec­tor.

Of­fi­cials re­pon­si­ble for in­spect­ing goods that en­ter the coun­try should al­ways work in the knowl­edge that man­a­fuc­tur­ers and their clients op­er­ate in an en­vi­ron­ment that does not tol­er­ate hap­haz­ard sup­ply of goods. In that same spirit the State agen­cies should has­ten their in­spec­tion pro­ce­dures so as as to as­sure the mar­ket of a con­stant sup­ply of es­sen­tial goods.

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