The TRA regional manager, Joseph Mtandika said the increase was recorded after starting to use Mwanza port for goods transportation.
Mtandika revealed this yesterday when speaking at the meeting organised for traders using Mwanza port and Airport to export their merchandizes.
"In the 2019/2020 fiscal year we collected 10.3bn/- between July and August, an increase of 2bn/- compared to the 2017/2018 fiscal year during the same months where we collected 8.3bn/-," said Mtandika.
One of the traders who attended the meeting, Brown Mushi called on the customs staff and the police force to team up and remove challenges during shipment of goods, which at the end of the day leads to unnecessary inconveniences to the business community. “And in turn these delays lead to lose of government’s revenues,” he said.
Over-estimation of taxes has been cited as the main challenge faced by traders in the region, “Most of the estimations are not realistic compared to what we do in businesses. That’s why we are appealing to the government and TRA to come up with better system that will be friendly to us.”
He also suggested the need to remove unnecessary conveniences when goods are being transported to the markets and any delays on the way which affects their businesses.
Assistant regional custom manager, Christopher Sojo said the East African market has tax relief for products manufactured locally especially in the region.
“So, it is an opportunity for traders in the region to use the Mwanza port and reduce the cost of doing business,” he said, calling on traders to chip-in in the campaign against smuggling and illegal trade.