The 15mill one stop border post that links Tanzania and Rwanda was handed over to the Uganda government by TradeMark EastAfrica. The boarder facilitates an easier and faster movement of good and people across the two counties.
The project that was funded by TradeMark East Africa (TMEA), as one of the components of the East Africa Trade and Transport Facilitation project.
The Mutukula boarder is set to become operational in April, there are some construction being finalized on the Uganda side of the boarder.
Doris Akol, Commissioner General of the Uganda Revenue Authority, “I would like to urge all users and managers of this facility not to lose sight of the main objectives of its establishments; in particular the need to allow for the hosting of border control officers in each other’s territory.”
She further said that, “For road transporters, instead of the several days’ wait to complete formalities at the Mutukula OSBP, if all paperwork is correct; inspection, it will be jointly done by the border agencies of both Uganda and Tanzania to avoid unloading and reloading cargo.”
The new border has been commended by experts on it facilities like customs and immigration check points, an inspection hall, clearing agents block and staff residential houses. The availability of the facilities expedites the border crossing time of goods and people.
Experts say there is expected to be a reduction of crossing border time from 8hours to less than 5hours and also a 30 per cent increase in annual traffic of trucks from – 17,000 to 22,000.