East Africa Cargo tracking system is beating down tax evasion – official

Cargo trucks on transit. The electronic system will enable authorities as well as cargo owners to track their consignments in real- time. Photo : FILE

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – East African countries have been beating down tax evasion due to the regional electronic cargo tracking system floated by Kenya, sources told ADV on Sunday.

But the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) only launched the system officially on Wednesday to improve efficiency, enhance service delivery across East Africa as well as prevent tax evasion.

Over the last eight months the system has helped to track 20,700 cargo containers.

The Kenya Revenue Authority Regional Electronic Cargo Tracking System (RECTS) and the Integrated Scanner Command Centre (ISCC) have been tracking the containers in transit and in real time across Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.

Speaking in Nairobi, KRA board Chairman, Francis Muthaura said the launch of the command center is part of the tax collector’s reform agenda as the authority positions to seal revenue leakages.

“KRA intends to contribute effectively towards the successful implementation of the Big Four Agenda through various tax initiatives and effective revenue collection,” Muthaura was quoted by media reports.

According to him, the Big Four includes food security, affordable housing, manufacturing and universal healthcare.

Also speaking at the occasion, KRA Commissioner-General, John Njiraini said effective utilization of the new integrated systems does not only help in revenue collection but also speeds up clearance processes.

“This will promote trade and reduce the numerous cases of tax evasion that have been reported in the past,” Njiraini explained in his contribution.

© Bur-csa – A.H – N.A / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV)