Electronic system to speed up Uganda-Kenya border clearance

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Image: Annette Mutaawe, Trademark East Africa Uganda country director. By Trademark East Africa
Annette Mutaawe,  Trademark East Africa Uganda country director

A new USD15 million system is being introduced on the borders between Uganda and Kenya.

The border post upgrade, including buildings and new electronic systems, is expected to speed up the clearance of goods at the border from days to just hours.

The posts to be upgraded include: Busia in eastern Uganda, Mutukula and Mirama hills in South Western Uganda.

The upgrade is being carried out with the assistance of Trademark East Africa.

Annette Mutaawe,  Trademark East Africa Uganda country director, said both incoming and outgoing goods will now be cleared under one roof.

“The system will use electronic single windows allowing importers and exporters to get their trade details online at the click of a mouse,” said Mutaawe. She said the OSBP idea involves joint verification of cargo.

She said the Mutukula, Mirama Hill and Busia upgrades are expected to be complete by 2013.



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