Tanzania and Rwanda have agreed to lower toll rates for trucks crossing the Rusumo border between the two countries, Tanzania's The Citizen reported Wednesday (September 11th).
Following negotiations between Tanzanian Finance Minister William Mgimwa and his Rwandan counterpart Claver Gatete in Kampala Tuesday, Tanzania lowered the rates from 809,000 shillings ($500) to 246,000 shillings ($152).
"We finally realised that if we stuck to our guns, Tanzania was likely to suffer because our colleagues have fewer vehicles entering our country compared to our trucks headed to Rwanda," Mgimwa said.
The Rwanda Revenue Authority has also agreed to return to its old rates, repealing the 809,000-shilling ($500) charge announced September 1st.
The resolution is expected to alleviate the pile-up of traffic as hundreds of drivers and travellers waited on either side of the Rusumo border.