Tunduma is the busiest transit and entry point between the southern and central African countries. New investments in natural resources in southern Tanzania are driving up traffic along the border point. This is likely to stretch border capacity and lead to further delays. Moreover, inadequate understanding of import and export procedures by border agency staff results in inaccurate entries and more delays. These factors impose serious costs on traders.
A one stop border post is being constructed at the Tunduma border point. Key outputs:
• Improved border post and IT infrastructure;
• Harmonised working procedures on both sides of the border; and
• Training for border agency staff, freight forwarders and traders.
TMEA is providing full funding for the construction of the OSBP and is working with relevant border agencies to set up mechanisms for integrated border management. Harmonisation of customs procedures is undertaken by a joint task force of experts from Tanzania and Zambia. The project is implemented in coordination with other ongoing initiatives of the World Bank, JICA, USAID, the African Development Bank and the European Union. The OSBP is linked to the numerous TMEA single window initiatives.
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Efficient border processing, improved knowledge and skills of border agencies and compliance with border procedures will reduce waiting times at the Tunduma border point. This will contribute to reducing trade costs in East Africa.