Government will next year install Non-Intrusive Scanners at the Elegu One Stop Border Post to avert concealment of contraband and protect the society from harmful imports.
The Commissioner General for Uganda Revenue Authority-URA, Doris Akol revealed on Thursday during the substantial hand over of the One Stop Border Post at Elegu in Amuru district bordering Uganda and South Sudan to URA.
In her written speech presented by Dickson Kateshumbwa the Commissioner for Customs, Akol said the scanners will provide safety, security and avoid concealment of harmful and substandard goods from
passing through the border.
She did not reveal when the installation will commence and how much money government will spend on it.
Kateshumbwa said an estimated seven buses travels to Juba and five buses passes to Uganda daily with large volumes of goods and people.
In terms of Trade, Akol noted that exports volumes through Elegu border have grown over the last 5 years from UGX 197.8 Billion to 225.2 Billion while imports grew from UGX 0.5 Billion to UGX 1.2
Billion. A rise in transits through Elegu border has also grown from UGX 92 Billion to 200 Billion.
The Elegu One Stop Border Post was substantially handed over to URA by the Ministry of Works and Transport during a ceremony officiated over by Minister of Trade and Cooperatives Amelia Kyambade.
Its construction which started in 2015 was manned by URA with support from Trade Mark East Africa under a 88.6 USD funding from United Kingdom Agency for International Development-UKaid through Department for International Development-DFID.
The One Stop Border Post has the immigration, Uganda National Bureau of Standards-UNBS and customs department offices, inspection shades, banking facilities, weight cargo verification offices and soft landing scope among others.
It will bring together customs and other government agencies from Uganda and South Sudan working under the same roof to quicken exports and imports while reducing costs of doing business.
Amelia said operation of the border post will improve trade, reduce corruption, improve transparency, and promote trade in Africa and lead to improved clearance times with government agencies since it
is a major entry and exit between Uganda and South Sudan.
The Amuru district chairperson Michael Lakony welcomed the development saying that it is an economic boost to the district and also reduces the increased smuggling at the border.
By Emmy Daniel Ojara.Amuru.