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Transporters advise TRA to create information centre

2nd April 2012
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Tanzania Revenue Authority

The Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has been advised to create an information centre to facilitate communications with goods transporters following adoption of the electronic cargo tracking system (ECTS)

The advice was made in Dar es Salaam at the weekend by tracking stakeholders at a meeting organised by Techno Brain.

They said the system is good in that it provides TRA with information but it is bad because denies information to the transporters.

“There should be sharing of information between the TRA and transporters…this can only be possible through formation of a single information center to inform the two sides whenever things go wrong during goods transportation,” they said.

For its part, the tax authority said the system it adopted has helped to increase transparency and reduce the transported goods lost throughout the track.

TRA official Alexander Buchafwe said the system has enabled them to track and monitor movement of trucks, identify illegal diversion of goods and increase truck turnaround time.

Buchafwe said the system has enabled the authority to see the goods which are transported even through the boarders.

“TRA aims to effectively track movement of cargo transported within the region in real time and manage movement of containers through ports, inland container depots and bonded warehouses which will effectively be achieved by the use of ECTS,” Buchafwe said.

Techno Brain Project manager Srinivasa Rao, said the ECTS solution will help to speed up the movement of goods on the designated routes by eliminating unnecessary delays during the journey and reduce operational costs.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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