PRESS RELEASE: Electronic Cargo Tracking System
10th March 2017 – The Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) and stakeholders are engaged in a discussion over the soon to be commissioned Electronic Cargo Tracking System (ECTS), the latest addition on the innovations by the tax body aimed at facilitating trade. The meeting is taking place at Lemigo Hotel in Kigali.
The discussions are part of the campaign to create awareness on the system meant to stimulate fair trade, upgrade security of transit cargo, improve on turnaround time and significantly reduce on the cost of cross border trade through removal of multiple cargo tracking systems, all ingredients for doing business.
Among other things, this tracking facility will enable RRA deliver high quality service to importers and exporters by giving capability to monitor fleets and cargo, improve land transport security, reduce dumping, ensures cargo does not deviate from designated route and improve tax collection.
Participants are drawn from the private enterprises, regulators and insurance companies that relate to international trade, all sharing views on the new system that will be officially launched on 24th March 2017; ideas generated here will be integrated in the implementation process.
The deliberations are revolving around security and safety for cargo imported, exported and transiting through Rwanda, an element which has a big impact on the insurance premiums and transport costs.
Lower costs in cross border trade, an ultimate aim of the system, will trickle down to consumers in form of reduced prices of goods.
The Electronic Cargo Tracking System is among the many impressive initiatives that have come to fruition with support from Trademark East Africa (TMEA), and we thank them for the kind support.
RUGANINTWALI B. Pascal
Deputy Commissioner General
& Commissioner for Corporate Services