Rwanda has joined Kenya and Uganda in adopting the Regional Electronic Cargo Tracking System (RECTS)which connects the electronic cargo tracking systems of the three countries.
The RECTS which was commissioned by the Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) enables them to jointly and seamlessly track cargo from port to destination on a twenty-four basis.
The Northern Corridor Heads of States directed the implementation of the system in 2014 to improve tax collection and facilitate cargo handling and data through advanced technology along the corridor.
It is expected to enhance cargo security and transparency as well as reduce transit time and cost of transportation.
Through the RECTS Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda will seal loopholes that result in loss of revenue because of diversion of un-taxed goods into the market and eliminated the need for physical escort and monitoring of sensitive cargo such as batteries, fuel and cigaretters.
The RECTS has been supported by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) through TradeMark East Africa (TMEA).
“The UK is truly excited about the role that the RECTS will have in reducing the cost of doing business across East Africa and harnessing Rwanda’s trade potential,” Sally Waples, DFIF Rwanda said.