The Regional Electronic Cargo Tracking System (RECTS), a new e-cargo tracking system unveiled by Revenue Authorities in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda last month, is set to improve trade in East Africa.
RECTs comprises satellites, central command centres in each of the revenue authorities in Nairobi, Kampala and Kigali, smart gates and rapid response units.
It will enable the revenue authorities to jointly track movement of goods from port to destination electronically; that is from Mombasa Port to Kampala and Kigali.
Importantly, it will reduce the cost of doing business by reducing transit time, enhancing cargo safety and helping traders to better predict arrival of goods. The service will be free as Revenue Authorities will meet all operational costs.
“Transit trade is an important element of any economy and we are glad to be the catalyst of this partnership. RECTs is one of the many innovations that TradeMark is supporting and which is geared towards easing and improving local and international trade in East Africa,”said Frank Matsaert, TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) CEO.
He added, “RECTs efficiency will ingrain fair terms of trade by creating a level playing field for both importers and local industries as it helps in eliminating diversion of cargo. Surely, with this strong partnership between the private sector, the revenue authorities and TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) it is possible that we can reduce transit time from Mombasa to Kampala down to 2days.”
The ultimate goal is to improve trade across the region. As such, the Revenue Authorities in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda will work with other revenue agencies in the region to integrate their systems.
TradeMark East Africa got a grant of US$4.4 million from The United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) to support the project.