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Transit Monitoring


Customs authorities in the transit countries have introduced transit monitoring measures in order to prevent diversion of some of the goods in transit into the local market.

Each of the main transit countries - Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda - have established transit monitoring systems.

Kenya relies mainly on physical police escort of transit vehicles carrying 'sensitive' cargo that could be diverted into domestic markets. Escorts are organised four times a week using vehicle equipped with radio communications.

Uganda employs non-overt means of surveillance through control of the transit documents, compared to physical escorts in Kenya. The Uganda Revenue Authority uses a fleet of vehicles equipped with radio communication systems to monitor transit vehicles moving on their territory. Daily reports on the location of transit vehicles are processed by Customs authorities. Rwanda's system is similar to that of Uganda.

The TTCA has been urging Kenya to adopt transit monitoring systems similar to that of Uganda and Rwanda. The Secretariat is also encouraging Customs administrations to embrace Information Technology (IT) solutions to facilitate monitoring.