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How the Regional Cargo Tracking System Helped to Intercept Truck Driver Who Tested Positive for #COVID19

As a new measure adopted to further combat the spread of #COVID19 at Uganda’s borders, all truck drivers driving into Uganda are required to present themselves to the Ministry of Health officials for testing.

On the 12th of April, 2020 a truck driver en route to Southern Sudan went through the same procedure before clearance by immigrations and URA to proceed with his journey.

24 hours later, the results came back and one of the drivers tested positive. The URA Electronic Cargo Tracking System (RECTS) was used to trace the actual movement of the driver from Malaba OSBP up to Corner Kamdini Customs Check point where he was intercepted.

RECTS utilizes the Global Positioning System (GPS) to trace the movement of trucks from their point of entry in a country right up to the point of exit to curb cargo dumping among many other risks along trade routes.

Following this interception, a team led by Hon. Amelia Kyambade Uganda’s Trade Minister who is also the Chairperson of the National #COVID19 Taskforce, met at the URA headquarters to further discuss how they can take advantage of the Electronic Cargo Tracking System in the fight to combat the spread of #COVID19.

Kyambade was accompanied by Gen. Katumba Wamala the Co-chairperson of the Taskforce who is also the Minister of Works and Transport together with other dignitaries from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Ministry Of Health.

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