Authorities in Kilimanjaro want cargo planes to land at KIA

27Dec 2017
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Authorities in Kilimanjaro want cargo planes to land at KIA

KILIMANJARO Regional Commissioner Anna Mghwira has directed Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) and Kilimanjaro Airports Development Company (KADCO) to come up with a new approach to attract cargo business thus improve revenue collections at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA).

KILIMANJARO Regional Commissioner Anna Mghwira

She made the directive this week after inspecting a new and modern cargo screening machine at KIA specially deployed to screen all cargo from inside and outside the country.

“I now direct you (TRA and KADCO) to send me a strategic plan by January next year on how to increase revenue collection at the KIA. We need to think on other innovative ways to attract more business at the airport with the major focus being at cargo business,” he said

According to her, the government used a lot of funds to renovate and expand the airport for it to grow and offer more services to improve revenues and the economy at large.

“There a lot of cargo that are currently being transported by water and land but few are transported by air, so i want this area be grabbed and well utilised to increase collections,” she noted.

He directed KIA’s leadership and staff to be more efficient and innovative in bringing new sources of income.

While Mghwira comes with the idea, there are some companies which have already showed interest of investing in air cargo transportation which is easier and safe. Among them is NESSA Logistics Ltd which is serving in the regions of Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Arusha, Mtwara, Kilimanjaro, Mwanza, Kigoma and Musoma.

Speaking on the new deployed cargo screening machines, TRA Supervision Officer at KIA, Elias Ngata said that the machine has capacity of screening all the cargo and all the government trophies entering and those going outside the country.

“The coming major aims of this modern machine is to curb tax evaders especially in cargo, products, natural resources that have been massively being smuggled through this airport, but with this machine all these will be stopped,” he said.

For his part, Kilimanjaro Police Commander (RPC) Hamisi Issah urged KIA authorities to engage other security organs including police in the usage of the machines so as to jointly control importation and exportation of illegal drugs.