Customs service says there is normal flow of cargo

By Sheila Ponnie

The Director General of Custom Service, Major General Akol Ayii Madut said there was normal flow of cargo trucks into the country from the other East African region.

Last week, the Kenyan truck drivers suspended their movement into Uganda until they were assured of their safety, citing COVID-19-related stigma and harassment.

However there had been reports that cargo trucks destined for South Sudan had been delayed at the Nimule Border crossing.

Ayii dismissed the claims and said they were releasing a total of 180 trucks every day to meet the demand of the Consumers in the country.

“We are releasing one hundred eighty trucks per day in Nimule and all those are bringing in food items to the market,” Ayii told Juba Monitor yesterday in his office.

He said the delay of the trucks at the Nimule border was a regional move to prevent the spread of the virus.

“The tracks can be delayed for even four days. The delay comes from those other countries in the regions and it is the system are all using,” Ayii said.

In related development, Ayii said there had been a drop in the exports of some non-oil revenues commodities due to the Coronavirus.

 “There is a seasonally drop in only three items like Tick logs exports  from Yambio to Democratic Republic of Congo and Brazil; and then Gold from Kapoeta  to Kenya, Gold from Juba Airport to Dubai;  Gum Arabic from Majok-nyinthiou in Aweil-Northern Bahr El Ghazalle State and other parts of Sudan,” he explained.

 “Those are the three categories of item that we have stopped exporting due to COVID-19 pandemic situation in the world and that is 20 per cent from the country’s revenue collection from exports.”

He said that the Country was still maintaining 80 per cent of non-oil revenue collection

  “We are still keeping the 80 per cent despite the coronavirus and there is no much impact caused by the virus in the country,” Ayii added.

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