EA to adopt global road sys­tem

East African Business Week - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAN NSALASATTA

KAMPALA, UGANDA-Uganda Revenue Author­ity Com­mis­sioner Cus­toms G. Kateshumbwa has said they will work with any prospec­tive part­ner pro­vided he fa­cil­i­tates bet­ter ways of do­ing busi­ness.

“It is upon the play­ers and stake­hold­ers to ex­plore op­tions in terms of the op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges as pro­vided by TIR sys­tem com­pared to the ex­ist­ing ser­vice pro­vi­sion in the move­ment of goods,” said Kateshumbwa. He said URA is a trade fa­cil­i­ta­tor, which is open to new Ideas that’s they al­lowed the In­ter­na­tional Road Trans­port Union (IRTU) when they ap­proached us at the World Cus­toms or­ga­ni­za­tion. This was dur­ing a sen­si­ti­za­tion work­shop Uganda Revenue Author­ity held to­gether with the In­ter­na­tional Road Trans­port Union (IRTU) on the func­tion­ing of the TIR sys­tem. Trans­port In­ter­na­tionaux Routiers (TIR) or In­ter­na­tional Road Trans­port is an in­ter­na­tional UN con­ven­tion on in­ter­na­tional trans­port of goods un­der­cover of TIR car­nets with the aim to sim­plify and har­mo­nize the ad­min­is­tra­tive for­mal­i­ties of in­ter­na­tional Road trans­port. The ob­jec­tive is to pro­vide tech­ni­cal in­for­ma­tion on the TIR sys­tem and its re­la­tion­ship to trade and trans­port fa­cil­i­ta­tion. Ray­mond Agaba of the Min­istry of Trade said they are ready to ac­com­mo­date any mode of busi­ness trans­ac­tion be­cause their man­date is to fa­cil­i­tate busi­ness pro­vided they oblige to the laid down trade reg­u­la­tions. Wil­liam Busulwa of Uganda Na­tional Trans­port Al­liance de­cried the plight of trans­port busi­ness in the EAC re­gion which he said should be har­mo­nized for bet­ter ser­vice pro­vi­sion. Busulwa said there are dis­crep­an­cies that need to be stream­lined from one-mem­ber coun­try to an­other. The in­clude im­po­si­tion of dif­fer­ent charges at the bor­der posts, fuel rate at pump sta­tions, weigh bridges tal­lies dif­fer and work­ing hours at ev­ery check point is dif­fer­ent. Wil­liam Petty and Ta­tiana Rey –Bel­let from IRU said the TIR sys­tem has been fa­cil­i­tat­ing and se­cur­ing trade and in­ter­na­tional road trans­port for over 60 years. “It is ac­claimed for al­low­ing cus­toms sealed ve­hi­cles and freight con­tain­ers to tran­sit coun­tries with­out bor­der checks, stream­lin­ing bor­der cross­ing pro­ce­dures, guar­an­tee­ing pay­ment of cus­toms du­ties and taxes and ex­pe­dit­ing in­ter­na­tional trade and re­duce trade costs.”

Ray­mond Agaba of the Min­istry of Trade said they are ready to ac­com­mo­date any mode of busi­ness trans­ac­tion be­cause their man­date is to fa­cil­i­tate busi­ness pro­vided they oblige to the laid down trade reg­u­la­tions.

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