Tanzania has announced plans to cut a road toll by about 71% on the Uganda-bound cargo trucks, as part of the agreement reached during the meeting of the two countries’ leaders.
From mid-last year, the Tanzanian government charged $500 on Ugandan cargo trucks as fees collected for road repairs and maintenance.
However, starting next financial year this July, the country will charge $10 per 100km on cargo trucks plying the 1,485km Mutukula-Dar es Salaam route.
The $10 translates into close to $144 for the distance, down from the $500.
According to diplomatic sources, the anticipated $144 levy is the flat rate across the Comesa (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) regional bloc.
Tanzania serves as gateway to the sea to its landlocked neighbours Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Malawi, mainly through the Dar es Salaam port.