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54 trucks cleared under new tax systemPublish Date: Dec 29, 2013
54 trucks cleared under new tax system
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By Samuel Sanya

The tax systems of Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya have finally been linked to allow for remote declaration of tax returns, faster clearance, and better tax compliance in the East African region.

A three month pilot was successfully completed, before the launch of the new system in October in Urugwiro village in Kigali, Rwanda. Some 54 fuel trucks have been cleared under the system.

The tax system is part of efforts to operationalise the East African Community (EAC) single customs territory.

It is now possible for clearing agents in Uganda to handle cargo from Mombasa in Kenya to Kampala. The new system will reduce business costs by an estimated $45m annually.

Hitherto, Uganda clearing agents could only handle cargo from Malaba, the border point between Kenya and Uganda.

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