Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have launched plans to install a common electronic cargo tracking platform as a means to nub tax evaders in the countries as a way to maximize their revenue collection.
Kenya’ Revenue Authority (KRA) Commissioner General John Njiraini said that the avenue would be able to track goods from transit at the Kenya Port which serves the other two landlocked countries in real time.
In a bid to increase revenue collection, nub tax evaders and reduce loopholes in the customs departments, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda are exploring on creating a joint electronic cargo tracking platform that with track each cargo consignment on real-time basis across the three countries.
The platform upon full implementation is slated to eliminate the loopholes that East African dishonest traders exploit to evade tax among trafficking of contraband across the region.
These measures are in line with the World’s Customs Organization focus on technology as the key driving tools towards efficiency as the East African Community is at the final stages of developing a single common Customs Management System (iCMS).
The tracking will be used especially to track goods that get derailed to other location while they are targeted for Kenya’s landlocked neighbors.
The customs management system will aid in the long run with risk management, security targeting and cargo valuation and is expected to be operational in the next 18 months