The launch of electronic - Cargo and Risk Management system in Tanzania, which is the first ever in the East and Central African region, marks the beginning of paperless customs clearance operations at the Dar es Salaam port that will eventually cut down dwell time to five days from around nine to 15 days.

Paper works will be called off come March 2014 when the new custom system to enhance ASYCUDA ++ capacity in the flow of cargo becomes operational.

"With the system, the movement of shipping agents and importers from one office to another packed with documents becomes history because all the clearance operations will be handled at the Inland Container Deport (ICD)," TRA Commissioner General, Mr. Harry Kitilya said at the launching ceremony in Dar es Salaam.

The system, according to Mr. Kitilya, will help all key stakeholders at the port like the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS), Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority to operate from the remote offices. “The new system would complement the efforts to facilitate and provide quality services for improved environment of doing business in the country,” he said.

He further said that the system would help the taxman to trace if the due taxes, duties or other charges have been paid accordingly.

The Korean ambassador to Tanzania, Mr. Chung IL said the system is fundamental in improving tax collection. "With the ongoing customs modernization the country will become the centre of business and investment in the East African region," he noted.