8 February 2016

East Africa: Kenya, Uganda Plan Electronic Platform to Monitor Goods

Kenya and Uganda have signed a memorandum of understanding to set up an electric platform that will see them jointly monitor consignments on transit from the port of Mombasa.

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Sunday signed the agreement to facilitate the establishment of a regional Electronic Cargo Tracking System (ECTS).

The system is expected to reduce the cost of transporting cargo and result in higher tax collections by resolving suspected under-declaration of the value of exports.

The system will also ensure faster clearance of cargo from the Kilindini port, minimise transit diversion and expedite the seamless movement of goods.

Speaking after signing the document with his Ugandan counterpart, Akol Doris, KRA commissioner-general John Njiraini said the integrated regional ECTS would help safeguard national security with real-time tracking of goods.

"A regional system will provide real time tracking of the goods along the Northern Corridor and minimize diversion of goods under customs control," he said.

The tracking system comprises satellites, a central monitoring centre and special electronic seals fitted on cargo containers and trucks, which give the precise location of goods in real time.

The system triggers an alarm whenever there is diversion from the designated route, an unusually long stopover or when someone attempts to open a container.

Mr Njiraini noted that the system would provide timely response to transit alerts and enhance the decision making process based on the identified supply chain trends.

The agreement comes barely a month after the two countries and Rwanda agreed to establish joint enforcement teams to police transit cargo operations, besides other actions including the centralisation of transit cargo clearance at Kilindini port.

Uganda

Wanted Police Boss Baguma Turns Self in, Sent to Jail

Wanted former Kampala Central police station commander Aaron Baguma, on Tuesday voluntarily and secretly surrendered… Read more »

Copyright © 2016 The East African. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 1,000 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.