African states to introduce transit cargo monitoring
Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda plan to introduce a joint real-time transit cargo monitoring scheme along the northern corridor between Mombasa and Kigali in June 2016. The move should help curb dumping and theft of goods, according to local press reports.
The electronic cargo tracking system (ECTS) comprises satellites, a monitoring centre and special electronic seals fitted on cargo containers and trucks, which give the precise location of goods in real time.
The system also triggers an alarm whenever there is diversion from the designated route, an unusually long stopover or when someone attempts to open a container. (ben)