One Stop Border Posts ease cross border trade

On 20 September 2017 at 06:19

The newly inaugurated La Corniche One Stop Border Post at the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo is another milestone in the Government’s strive to build a competent customs service. The move aims to ensure high-level compliance with revenue goals, regulatory requirements, and facilitate legitimate movement of goods across borders.

Other border posts recently upgraded to suit this purpose are those of Rusumo, Nemba, and Kagitumba at the borders with Tanzania, Burundi, and Uganda, respectively. Gatuna at the border with Uganda is under construction.

La Corniche border boasts of ample and ultramodern space for all services offered at a customs area; animal inspection, customs, and immigration all housed under one roof.

“This modernisation means quick clearance of goods, as well as cuts on time and money costs. At Rusumo and Kagitumba, customs procedures have drastically reduced. Previously, cargoes underwent two procedures in Rwanda and repeated them in Tanzania. It was not good for business and tax,” says RRA Deputy Commissioner for Customs, William Musoni.

The border between Rwanda and DRC handles a heavy traffic of small traders.

“Approximately 50,000 persons go through this border daily. Most of them are small traders. So as they graduate to the formal sector, there must be facilities to sustain that growth. This new facility is one of those,” says Mr. Pierre Damien Bazimaziki, Private Sector Federation Vice Chair in Rubavu District.

The modernisation of customs processes is tied to the overall national philosophy of improving trade environment to facilitate businesses.