The government is taking action to avoid a shortage of cooking gas

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The government has taken action to address the looming shortage of cooking gas as more than 200 liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) trucks remain stuck at the Kenya-Tanzania border for nearly a week for reasons tax.

Speaking at a press briefing on Friday May 12, Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Deputy Commissioner of Customs, Joseph Kaguru said they were working around the clock to ensure that trucks are cleared in time.

Kaguru added that importers will pay taxes under a special law that guarantees them a refund of their money if negotiations are won.

Archive image of the Namanga border post

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“We also have the law, a conditional payment option in the customs laws. It just means that after negotiations, when it is established that you are right, we will return the money to you. However, the reverse s also applies.

“Affected importers will be facilitated to clear their shipment after full compliance,” he said.

However, he argued that the taxes imposed on LPG gas were nothing new, explaining that they had not been put in place, giving an example of the VAT which was reintroduced in 2021.

He added that the negotiations will help eliminate traffic congestion at the borders, as trucks interfere with other motorists and also pose a security threat.

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“We have also noted with concern that the affected trucks are blocking the Namanga border, disturbing other compliant importers and posing a security risk at the border.

“We had an engagement with the representatives of the importers and the owners of the trucks and they were instructed to promptly comply and clear their LPG shipments from the Namanga One Stop Border Point (OSBP),” he said. he declares.

Gas dealers had previously lamented the new taxes saying they were paying more than Ksh 30,000 under the new tax scheme. Yusuf Hussein, chairman of TSWT Gas Dealers Association, said they had to pay Ksh 107,973 per ton instead of Ksh 70,240 per ton.

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He said the tax increase will have to translate into the retail price, which will affect many TSWT who are already struggling to make ends meet.

“What I get from our supplies is that they have raised the prices by Ksh 37,732. If you look at it, that’s a huge price increase,” he said.

File photo of gas cylinders on display at an outlet in the city of Nairobi

File photo of gas cylinders on display at an outlet in the city of Nairobi

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