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 enroute to Southern Sudan went through the same procedure before clearance by immigration officials 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.
The National Taskforce Against COVID 19 together with URA management further discussed how to utilize The Regional Cargo Tracking System to ensure safety of truck drivers in a bid to combat the spread of Covid19.