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Transit Documents


Transit goods have to be covered by appropriate clearing documents like any other consignments loaded or off-loaded at the port, or passing through border points.
The following commercial and maritime documents are required for the clearance of transit cargo at the Port of Mombasa:

  • The invoice issued by the supplier which indicates the CIF value or the FOB value of the cargo from the port of loading
  • The original Bill of Lading endorsed at the back by the importer or consignee
  • The packing list
  • Phytosanitary Certificate for food commodities or grains
  • Fumigation certificate for second-hand clothes
  • P27 Form from the police
  • A copy of the import license or the certificate of incorporation
  • The certificate of destination from OGEFREM for goods destined to the DR Congo


View the Import / Export documentation process through the Port of Mombasa(broken link)

Since Customs authorities at the port accept to clear documents prior to docking of the ship, users of the Northern Corridor are urged to forward their documents to their clearing agents at least seven days prior to the arrival of the ship. The documents are passed when the shipping line issues the manifest.

Road Transit Customs Declaration

The introduction of the Road Customs Transit Declaration and its rail equivalent in 1987 resulted in the elimination of several national documents. In some cases as many as 13 different documents were replaced by the RCTD.

Originally designed for the Northern Corridor, the RCTD was later adopted by the entire COMESA region. However, the RCTD was essentially a transit declaration that had to be accompanied by either an import or export entry document.

COMESA Customs Document (CD-COM)

The COMESA Customs Document (CD-COM) is a single goods declaration document that has incorporated the RCTD. As a harmonised customs entry record, CD-COM replaced the different documents used in the COMESA region. Northern Corridor countries agreed to apply the COMESA Customs Document (CD-COM) in 1999, as it was developed jointly by the TTCA and COMESA.

Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda are now using the CD-COM along the corridor. However, some countries are yet to fully withdraw national documents that are used alongside the CD-COM. DR Congo is making arrangements to commence application of CD-COM.