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East Africa to track trucks from Mombasa port to stop theft

East African customs authorities have adopted an electronic system to track lorries travelling between Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda to speed up journeys

As highlighted on the BBC news, three East Africa countries, i.e. Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, have started a new pilot project RECT (Regional Electronic Cargo Tracking) under an e-Governance project by these three countries. Gazetted routes are geo-fenced to enable automatic detection of any deviations. This iconic RECT project is funded by Trade Mark East Africa, the first of its kind in and outside Africa.

Spedag Interfreight East Africa has been a pioneer in supporting customs, port authorities and other government bodies’ new initiatives in improving compliance. Uganda Revenue Authority approached their trusted partner Spedag Interfreight for the RECT pilot project. BBC news covered a first trial shipment loaded on a SPIF truck, flagged off by the Minister of Trade Ms Amelia Anne Kyambadde. After successful testing of the pilot project in the next 2-3 months, revenue authorities are targeting the full implementation of RECT by July 2017.

Future advantages of RECT will be:

  • Easy to monitor trucks’ and drivers’ movements along the Northern Corridor (from Mombasa – Kampala to Kigali)
  • Enhanced security of cargo against robbery and theft
  • No cash bond guarantee requirement (required for highly sensitive cargo such as sugar, tyres or batteries)
  • Automatic bond guarantee retirement (manual at present)
  • Single customs territory initiatives
  • Regional bond instead of country specific bond (reducing bond costs)
  • Reduce clearing time at borders
  • No physical cargo escort requirement

Spedag Interfreight as an organization will benefit from an even better relationship with the customs authorities, which is greatly appreciated by corporate & MNC clients. In the past, Spedag Interfreight was the key partner of Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) on its landmark AEO pilot projects.


March 14, 2017