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EAC uniform cargo tracking plan to reduce trade delays

Published on September 27, 2017

The East African trading bloc is set to adopt a uniform cargo tracking system as conflicting technologies being used are cited for border delays between Kenya and Tanzania.

Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda use a joint real-time Electronic Cargo Tracking System (ECTS) while Tanzania has a mobile-based digital scheme.

Officials say the incompatible technologies are responsible for delays at border points, which raises the cost of transporting goods in the region.Every truck passing through Tanzania has to fix a permanent device that costs $1,000 (Sh103,000) while those crossing to Kenya and partner states cannot load transit cargo. Read more. Source | Business Daily