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TPA Move On Cargo Clearance Wins Praise

The Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) has put a modern system at the Dar es Salaam port that has seen days to clear cargo from South Africa going down to seven from 14 some years back.
The move has drawn praise from the port users including the Tanzania Shipping Agents Association (TASAA) Chairman, Emmanuel Mallya.

He said that the progress would make the Dar es Salaam port most competitive at the East African region and especially on cargo from South Africa.

"Further improvements of the Dar es Salaam port infrastructure will definitely cut down unnecessary costs related to storage charges which have a negative impact on the prices of the imported goods and this has always been a burden to the end user," he said. According to Mr Mallya, all the shipment clearance is done online, thus easing the burden and delay which importers encountered in lodging documents.

The 14-day special arrangement of cargo shipped from South Africa was approved by the TPA board because the documents were lodged manually, making it cumbersome to complete the whole process in one week time. After observing that no more delays were being encountered by ships from South Africa with exception of those from Far East and Europe, TPA decided that effective early next month, the free storage period should be seven instead of 14 days.

Various stakeholders have recommended further improvements in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at the port. They said there is need to develop a single window system that could reduce traders' movement from one office to another to collect the necessary documents.

The single window system is a trade facilitation concept whose implementation allows local and cross border traders to submit regulatory documents such as customs declarations, applications for import and export permits, certificates of origin and trading invoices at a single location.

By: Sebastian Mrindoko
Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)
13 January 2012