EABC, TMEA Solves the Issue of Cargo Trucks Congestion Malaba Border

By Korir Isaac / Published January 24, 2022 | 11:06 am




KEY POINTS

Weighbridge activities have been suspended until after the clearance of the backlog at the border. Also, empty and small trucks including those of perishable goods will be diverted to Lwakhakha.


Cargo truck congestion

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From now henceforth, COVID-19 test certificates will remain valid for 14 days; equivalent to the turnaround time for a cargo delivery trip and verification of cargo by URA.


The East African Business Council (EABC) and the TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) have come up with a solution that will see the reduction of the congestion of 4000 cargo trucks at the Malaba border.

The move was arrived at after the two entities rolled out border visits and public-private dialogue with customs, immigration, and other trade facilitation stakeholders on Saturday, January 22nd.

The bilateral meeting, which was held under the Programme Integrating Public-Private Dialogue for Increased Trade and Investment involved agencies, transporters, importers, exporters, women, and cross-border traders.

The main objective of the meeting was to unlock trade barriers at Malaba, Busia, Mutukula, Rusumo and Kabanga borders.

“The East African Business Council (EABC) and Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU) commends the Ministers of Works and Transport of the Republics of Uganda and Kenya following today’s bilateral meeting that will reduce the congestion of 4000 cargo trucks at Malaba border,” said Mr. John Bosco Kalisa EABC CEO on Saturday, January 22nd.

EABC and PSFU took part in the bilateral meeting at Malaba (OSBP) and welcomes the resolutions of the meeting that are set to reduce the 12KMs and 40KMs current cargo traffic queue at Busia and Malaba One-Stop Border Post respectively.

A consensus was reached where the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) will increase staff at the entry point into Uganda to 5 and 4 per 8-hour shift respectively to hasten the checkout processes.

Consequently, the parties agreed to suspend cargo scanning on the Kenya side and to set up security agencies to reduce on security checks along highways and facilitate quick movement of trucks conveying cargo.

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Weighbridge activities have been suspended until after the clearance of the backlog at the border. Also, empty and small trucks including those of perishable goods will be diverted to Lwakhakha.

In regards to the COVID-19 test certificates, the involved parties resolved to have them remain valid for 14 days equivalent to the turnaround time for a cargo delivery trip and verification of cargo by URA to be done at D and G yard, 2 kilometers from Malaba OSBP.

The EABC-TMEA border visit and public-private dialogue at Malaba and Busia slated on 24th and 25th January 2022 will monitor the implementation of the resolutions and discuss new developments related to trade facilitation, solutions to Non-Tariff Barriers, and hurdles businesses face while trading across EAC borders.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic presents significant challenges to the cross-border trade due to measures and restrictions that have led to a slow pace for cargo clearance across EAC borders and increased the costs of doing business.




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