The volume of trade has increased in Mutukula and revenue collection doubled since the construction of One Stop Border Post in 2015 to ease business between Uganda and Tanzania.
The Minister of Trade Amelia Kyambadde, Uganda Revenue Authority Commissioner Customs Dicksons Collins Kateshumbwa and Trade Mark East African Director Moses Sabiiti on Friday visited the border post which is the busiest in South and Western Uganda.
According Mr. Kateshumbwa, in 2014 URA collected from Mutukula Shs 61.2bn in taxes from imports of 111.8m kilograms of goods at the total value of 276.9bn.
Meanwhile in 2015 when the construction of the border post was completed, Shs 102.5bn was realized from the imports of Shs 347.7bn goods (144.4kg).
And last year Shs 131.8bn was collected from the imports of Shs 468.3 worth of goods.
Major items generating revenue are fuel, coffee and rice according to the statistics from URA.
“Trade and collection of revenues from this border post (Mutukula) have significantly increased for the last two years when the one stop border facility was put in place,” Kateshumbwa said.
The Shs 18bn One Stop Border Post in Mutukula was constructed by Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) with full financial support from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development.
TMEA Director, Joseph Sabiiti says, “The absence of this facility was negatively impacting on the tireless struggles by our people to do cross border trade. TMEA came in place to do away with the barrier,” he said.
Meanwhile traders appealed to Minister Amelia to address the issues of harassment from the Tanzanian side when they cross.
Amelia promised that the matter would be handled since Uganda is the current chair of East African Community’s Council of Ministers and Heads of State.
From left: Moses Sabiiti, Dicksons Kateshumbwa and Amelia Kyambadde pose for a picture with traders.