Somalia’s federal government has officially lifted the ban on importation of miraa (khat) from Kenya but imposed certain conditions for the commodity to be admitted on its territory.
Speaking to the media, Somali Minister of Finance Dr Abdirahman Dualeh who confirmed the same as he noted that the importation will be allowed once proper legal.
“Traders must import khat into the country by legal means,” Dr Beileh said.
“I hereby declare that that nobody is barred from importing khat and [it] can be brought through any entry point if proper regulations are followed,” he added.
Khat is the common name for miraa in Somalia and the Middle East.
“The stuff can be imported from any source and by any means, be by plane, donkey and even personally carried,” the minister said.
Dr Beileh advised miraa merchants to obtain the correct licenses from the government allowing importing the goods , provided the appropriate duties are paid.
Somalia had stopped the importation of miraa when international flights were suspended due to the fear of spread of Covid-19 last year.
But, when international air travels resumed, importation of miraa from Kenya was still restricted, with only that from Ethiopia, a slightly different variety, being allowed in.