13 January 2014

Tanzania: Stakeholders Question Reintroduction of ECTN

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Engineer Madeni Kipande.

DAR ES SALAAM Port stakeholders are questioning the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) management's decision to initiate reintroduction of Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN) system that was dismissed by the Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (Sumatra) last year.

In a notice to stakeholders dated December 29, 2013, TPA Acting Director General, Madeni Kipande informed stakeholders that Transport Minister, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe's directive to the board last November included implementation of the ECTN.

In the notice titled, "Report on implementation of directives given by Dr Mwakyembe to TPA board and management dated November 15, 2013," Engineer Kipande noted that a permit for ECTN implementation was released in September 2013.

Under the report's strategy to implement the minister's order, it reads, "To get a permit for the introduction of the system from Sumatra and to restart the process of implementation of ECTN by following proper procedure."

The report further noted that the ECTN system was already introduced but was strongly opposed by private businesses who had a different view to TPA management including Tanzania Shipping Agents Association (TASAA).

Contacted for comment both TASAA Chairman, Peter Kirigini and Sumatra Communications Manager, David Mziray were amazed.

"I don't really understand what is happening may be Sumatra is in a better position to explain this," said Mr Kirigini who warned that a ruling on the matter was already made by the regulator last August.

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