Kenya: KRA Blocks More Than 30 Trucks From Exporting Salt to Tanzania

Tension is rising at the one-stop border post in Lunglunga, Kwale County after more than 30 trucks carrying salt exports from Kenya were blocked from leaving the country.

The trucks loaded with tonnes of salt have been lying at the border for two weeks over what the drivers said was their failure to produce a permit from the Mining ministry.

The drivers, who are now counting losses, say Kenya Revenue Authority officials are demanding the permit despite them making all other payments and producing documents required to cross the border with the goods.

Ali Hassan, one of the truck drivers, claims this is the first time they are having challenges transporting salt to neighbouring Tanzania.

“We have never had issues transporting the salt and we do not know what has changed. They should have let us pass and sort the issues later with the salt mines,” he lamented.

Mr Hassan said he was transporting salt from Malindi while the rest are mostly from Changamwe in Mombasa County.

The salt brands being exported, they said, were Kaysalt, Kensalt and Sea Salt, which they could not communicate directly to companies as they are dealing with agents.

Abdalla Kileo, another transporter, said they were already facing losses after spending more than ten days at the border.

“We have spoken to our agents but they have told us to wait here. These vehicles are needed on the other side to also transport other goods. The issue should be sorted as soon as possible,” he said.