In Summary
  • In January, Mombasa county government reintroduced a cess of Sh32 per packet of tea cess.
  • The cess was introduced for the first time in 2014 but was later suspended in 2015 following a successful court case against it.

Players in the tea sector want the government to remove 38 levies and fees they are subjected to in order to improve the trade.
Speaking during a meeting with Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri at the East African Tea Trade Association, the players led by Ketepa managing director Albert Otochi decried multiple levies they pay.
In January, Mombasa county government reintroduced a cess of Sh32 per packet of tea cess.

The cess was introduced for the first time in 2014 but was later suspended in 2015 following a successful court case against it.

However, the court later ruled in favour of the county, allowing Mombasa to collect cess on trucks carrying the commodity and other goods destined for export.
The county sent a circular to tea stakeholders informing them of the levy on every package transiting through Mombasa.
Some three weeks later, a regional tea traders’ association and Mombasa county government struck a deal scrapping the levy imposed by the devolved unit for each package entering the port city.

The East African Tea Traders Association (Eatta) and Mombasa County’s trade department reached an agreement that saw trucks ferrying tea meant for export exempted from paying cess.

'Zero taxes'

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