Import Duty Financing

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Import duty financing

Import Duty Finance (IDF) is a financing solution for importers designed to help them have a seamless process during clearing and transportation of imported cargo from the port/airport of origin to the final destination. The solution targets importers of goods and services.

The facility is booked in the customer’s account and payments/disbursements are done directly to the service provider e.g. KRA against proforma invoices.

Feature Terms
Facility name Import Duty Finance (IDF)

• Memo code-016NF

Customer needs / benefits The Import Duty Finance product is a solution meant to facilitate MSME importers to:

• Pay for import duty and other related costs promptly.

• Pay for storage charges and demurrages if any.

• Pay for clearing, forwarding, and other logistics costs.

• Facilitate transportation of goods from the port to the final destination.

• Enable the importer to avoid high storage and demurrage charges at the port.

• Enable the importer to avoid auction of goods imported, due to non-payment of duty.

Purpose Working capital – To facilitate KRA duty payment, clearing costs, or any other logistical costs associated with the clearance of imported goods.
Target market The product will target the following groups:

1. Importers of motor vehicles and equipment:

• For own use (individual or company).

• For sale (motor vehicle dealers).

 

2. Importers of second-hand items for sale:

• These are business people who import second-hand goods for resale in Kenya and other neighboring countries. Business people in the Gikomba market will be the target clientele to take up this product.

 

3. Importers of other goods:

• E.g. manufacturers (raw materials), construction materials suppliers or other businesses, etc.

 

4. Clearing and logistics firms:

• These are firms that offer clearing and forwarding services as well as logistical solutions.

Facility features Amount financed – Up to 100% of the value of invoice or quotation raised by third parties (KRA, clearing agent, freight company, etc.).

 

Tenor – Facility will revolve for 12 months upon which the applicant will be reviewed for renewal. One-off applications allowed.

 

Debt ratio – 50%

 

Limits to be funded – Minimum amounts Kshs. 50,000.

Facility repayment / Tenure Consumers, individuals, and end-users

• Equal monthly installments for a maximum period of 12 months.

 

Car dealers, clearing agents, and other importers of goods

• Bullet payment or monthly installments (depending on the type of transaction).

 

Maximum tenor

• 180 days for bullet transactions or 12 months for monthly payment transactions.

Pricing Loan processing fee: 2.5% of the facility amount

 

Interest: CBR +4% p.a. currently at 13% p.a

 

Late payment fee: 0.25% p.a

Security type / collateral Chattels (motor vehicles) up to Kes.2 million (150% security coverage)

• Landed property for exposures above Kes.2 million.

• Cash cover also accepted.

• Customers importing motor vehicles can use the same vehicle as security (Joint registration of vehicle handled by a bank-appointed clearing agent after disbursement of the facility).

• Collateral management agreement (imported goods are pledged as collateral) on case to case basis.

Qualification criteria Customers in the import business

• The customer must be in business for more than six months and demonstrate having undertaken an import transaction previously.

 

MSME customers

• Importing for purposes of reselling, increasing efficiency, productivity, or own use.

• No proof for a previous import transaction.

Documents required (for appraisal) Customer application

• A quotation for duty (duty entry form) and other related charges,

• Copy of import documents: (Bill of lading/Airway bill, commercial invoice, copy inspection certificate by KEBS certified agent, IDF, etc.)

• For motor vehicles – export certificate (Japanese logbook) & inspection certificate issued by QISJ or any other inspection company approved by KEBS.

• All the other requirements as per the MSME lending terms – strong financials, good account conducts, debt ratio-below 50%  & all KYC & supporting documents.

Process flow Customer applies for facility

• Facility appraised at branch/business unit and forwarded to credit analysis for approval.

• Customer executes offer letter and other contractual documents.

• Branch/business unit sends documents to credit administration for limit loading (memo code 6N7).

• Credit administration approves and forwards limit loading requests to credit operations.

• Credit operations unit marks import duty finance limit.

• Trade services to disburse facility and remit payment directly to third parties.

 

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