URA to ease customs handling with digital stamps

Wednesday September 18 2019

URA commissioner for public and corporate affairs, Mr Vincent Seruma

URA commissioner for public and corporate affairs, Mr Vincent Seruma 

By Monitor Reporter

The Uganda Revenue Authority is set to ease the import process with the newly-installed digital tax stamp system.

The digital stamps, which are to be placed on products like water, soda, wines and spirits among others are aimed at improving tax efficiency and protect local consumers.

URA now says the digital tax stamps will also improve the import process.

 The URA Assistant commissioner for Public affairs Vincent Seruma said the stamps already provide much of the information required in the clearing of customs at the border and also quicken the process of filing and receiving VAT returns.

Uganda is the third country in the East African region to implement the Digital Tax Stamps solution after the two economic giants of Kenya and Tanzania that man large cargo at their ports.
 Kenya reduced the number of days for clearing customs from 28 to 4 days after the implementation of the system.

 Uganda currently takes close to 7 working days to clear goods.

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 URA started the implementation of the digital tax stamp solution to seal revenue leakages and boost the national coffers with increased tax revenue. The solution also provides consumers with authenticity verification for products.

 The digital tax stamps solution will be implemented in this financial year to help boost the revenue of the country.

 SICPA, a renowned Swiss agency with a global reputation is providing the solution to the Ugandan government.

 

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