Rwanda satisfied with Dar Port performance
Sept 06, 2016: Transit Trade stakeholders from Rwanda have promised to continue using Dar es Salaam port for shipping in their cargo as they are satisfied with the business grounds between Tanzania and Rwanda.
The Rwandan delegation that visited the country last month has promised to boost businesses with their Tanzanian counterparts as they were satisfied with the environment of doing business in the country, said a statement released by Central Corridor Transit Transport Facilitation Agency (CCTTFA).
The delegation was represented by officials from the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of East African Community, Association of Clearing & Forwarding Agents and Rwanda Shippers Council, Rwanda Revenue Authority and Rwanda High Commission to Tanzania.
The officials visited key business areas such as Maersk, CMA and PIL (shipping lines), Tanzania Food and Drug Authority (TFDA), Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) and Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA).
Among important issues discussed during the two-day visit included ironing out of issues such as high container deposits required by shipping lines, Non recognition of Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) standard marks by TFDA, full implementation of the simplified trade regime and opening of Rusumo OSBP for 24/7 operations.
Other agendas included allowing Rwandan clearing agents to operate at Dar es Salaam port, VAT charges on transit auxiliary services and issuance of Simplified Certificate of Origin at Rusumo Customs Border post.
Rwanda is the second biggest user of the Dar es Salaam port among members of the central corridor and uses the port to transport at least 70 percent of its cargo.
In 2015, it imported about 819,935 tons of goods through the port.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) tops the list of Dar es Salaam port users.