Mpya Zaidi

Port users want TPA to improve ICT facility

THE Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) has been advised to update the Information Communication Technology (ICT) manifests data lodging centre to enable importers clear cargo from their offices and avoid long queues.

Former Tanzania Freight Forwarders' Association (TAFFA) Chairman, Otieno Igogo and Tanzania Inland Container Depots Operators Chairman, Ashraf Khan said reducing the number of grace period for goods coming from South Africa from two to one week is not something new but as it has been in place for over two years now.

Mr Igogo who is also Executive Chairman of Utegi Technical Services Limited, said it’s good that TPA has modernized its communication technology but there is need for improvement to allow easy access and efficiency.

“Let this system be online so that people can lodge their documents anywhere instead of crowding at one TPA office with few computers,” Igogo advised. On his part, Mr Khan said there is nothing new as the seven-day period has been applicable for the past two years. 

“I don’t see why this announcement is necessary because this has been the practice for the past two years,” Khan who is also General Manager of Azam ICD depot said. In a statement published in the media yesterday, TPA Director General, Ephraim Mgawe said the board of directors agreed to extend free storage time for imports from South Africa because manifests were lodged manually.

“However, TPA has observed recently that there have been some technological improvements through which manifests are prepared and lodged electronically and that in such circumstances no delays were being encountered,” Mr Mgawe said in the statement.

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