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- This as BURS launches Times Measurement Survey Report
- TMS designed to measure time taken to process cargo and persons across the border
–Report makes recommendations on human resources and clearance processes
- Border strategic in the North South corridor
Since inception Kazungula Bridge One Stop Border Post (OSBP) has made revenue amounting to BWP 515,715,097.90, having processed on average about 178,953 inbound vehicles and 188 157 outbound vehicles.
This was revealed by the Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS) Acting Commissioner of Operations Motsisi Mongati during the launch of the first ever Time Measurement Survey (TMS) Report for Kazungula Bridge Border Post in Kazungula on Tuesday.
TMS-2022 was conducted on Bill of Entry (BE) and manual data collected by enumerators positioned in the critical areas of concern, and focused on declarations that were filed between the 6th June to 12 June 2022 and these included exports, import and transit.
The recommendations of the Report touch on areas of human resource, systems, infrastructure and legal framework, and method used in the clearance process.
According to Mongati, the results of the survey make Kazungula Border Post one of the strategically located borders along the North South Corridor. She noted that government wants the facility to offer cross border traders a comparative advantage in comparison to other border crossings along the corridor.
She urged border management structures to continue collaborating, providing excellent service and conducting community sensitisation programs to promote voluntary compliance and facilitation of legitimate trade.
Meanwhile, the Time Measurement Survey is a special tool developed by the World Customs Organization (WCO), intended to measure the time taken to process cargo and persons across the border by Customs, Other Border Regulatory Agencies and Private Sector Stakeholders.
According to Mongati, Botswana Border Agencies continue to strive to create a conducive environment for both Domestic and Foreign investment. In this regard, she noted that the recommendations from the time measurement survey will go a long way in ensuring that they implement initiatives that have been informed by the needs of the trading community, by targeting those areas that are creating challenges to cross border movements.
“We are cognisant of the fact that, the dwell times by transporters and traders at ports of entries translate into lost opportunities and lost revenue that negatively impacts the competitiveness and profitability of the business entities,” she said.
For his part, Kazungula Bridge OSBP Baseline TMS Coordinator Takahiro Moriya said the launching of the TMS report is an achievement and a milestone at the border post.
“The TMS report launched today has a special meaning because this is the first report for the Kazungula Bridge OSBP after inauguration, showing the initial status of the OSBP, thanking to the high commitment of the border officials at Kazungula Bridge OSBP, the project activities have been progressed very well so far. This TMS report commendably includes lots of useful and meaningful findings like good practices and challenges,” he said.
OSBP facilities can play an important role in the smooth movement of goods and people and that the results can present tangible evidence.
Moriya further stated that Supporting Kazungula Bridge OSBP is one of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)’s commitments in the context of trade facilitation and economic development of the North- South Transport Corridor including Botswana.