Jul 21

Officials after the launch in Kampala

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has joined its East Africa neighbours in the adoption of a Regional Electronic Cargo Tracking System (RECTS) intended to reduce the cost of trade and
check tax evasion.
The RECTS extension, launched in Kampala, last Tuesday, enables real time tracking of transit
cargo from Mombasa port to its destination through an online platform monitored by all partner
transit states.
Ugandas customs head, at the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), Dickson Kateshumbwa said tracking goods en-route to DRC is expected to reduce transit risks, increase the confidence of traders and ultimately grow trade between the two countries.
As at June 2019, statistics between the two countries indicated that formal trade volumes stood at $151.7m, while informal business fetched approximately $139m.
Kateshumbwa said onboarding the DRC on the regional customs connectivity would help member states handle logistical challenges better, improve intra-regional and overseas trade, and improve
bilateral relations.

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