Part of IRU’s wider mission across Africa to support governments and the private sector to reduce the costs of trade and transport, the workshop held in Kampala this week represents the next milestone towards ratification of the TIR Convention by countries including Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia.
Organised together with the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), the workshop gathered important stakeholders for hands-on, technical instruction on the mechanisms for implementation of TIR.
IRU’s lead in Africa, William Petty, commented,
“Our view is that TIR will reduce the cost of trade in Uganda and help facilitate the movement of goods between Uganda and global markets. This workshop has provided a valuable opportunity for customs and the private sector in Uganda to assess the potential benefits for themselves. The stakeholders identified the real value added by TIR in terms of trade facilitation, and we look forward to working further with the government and the private sector towards TIR accession in Uganda and the wider region.”
IRU presented the TIR system, highlighting its functioning and putting a spotlight on the latest IT structures and computerised applications. Underlining procedures, roles and responsibilities, the workshop addressed technical specifications and compliance as well as broader issues such as the benefits, recommendations and next steps.
URA, and Uganda Transporters Alliance also offered an overview of the existing transit procedures in Uganda.