EA ups fight against loss of cargo on transit

Business Daily Kenya: 

Cranes off-loading containers via a ship at the Mombasa Port. Photo/FILE

Kenya, Uganda along with also Rwanda have unveiled a Regional Electronic Cargo Tracking System (RECTs) in a bid to curb lose of cargo in transit.

Speaking in Kampala, where the Sh440 million system was launched, customs officials said the system might reduce transit time via Mombasa to two days via the current seven.

The system will enable revenue authorities jointly track movement of goods via port to destination electronically. The service will be free as revenue authorities will meet all operational costs.

Uganda Revenue Authority Commissioner General Doris Akol said the system will reduce cost of doing business, enhancing cargo safety along with also helping traders predict arrival of goods.

“The partnership helps us monitor goods, ease cargo handling, improving revenue collection along with also reducing diversion of untaxed goods. This kind of will benefit traders along with also assure potential investors of level playing field in our region,” she said.

The United Kingdom Department for International Development has supported the project with Sh457.6 million grant. RECTs comprises satellites, central command centres in each of the revenue authorities headquarters, smart gates along with also rapid response units.

An electronic seal can be attached on transit cargo vehicles along with also communicates with the command centres giving real time updates. Rapid response units are stationed along sections of the Northern Corridor identified as notorious for diversion of goods.

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EA ups fight against loss of cargo on transit

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