URA impounds goods worth Shs 230m in Jinja

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URA impounds goods worth Shs 230m in Jinja
Some of the impounded goods

The Uganda Revenue Authority has impounded two trucks laden with smuggled goods valued at 230 million shillings.

According to Paul Karatunga, the Supervisor of Customs in eastern Uganda, the interception occurred at the Nile Bridge checkpoint on the route to Kampala.

"Some of the textile materials impounded are taxed in Kilograms at a rate of 3 dollars per kilogram, and they weighed 1.5 tonnes," Karatunga said, adding, "The country would have lost taxes worth 230 million shillings if we didn't trace and impound these trucks."

The impounded trucks are currently stationed at the Customs office in Jinja as authorities intensify efforts to trace the owners. Karatunga emphasized that if the owners are not identified, the goods will be auctioned in accordance with the law.

In a parallel incident, another truck, suspected of carrying smuggled items, particularly phones, was intercepted last week in Mayuge while utilizing Lake Victoria for transportation.

Expressing concern over porous borders facilitating smuggling, David Ofubo Phillip, in charge of customs enforcement, highlighted the need for stricter border control measures.

"Some smugglers use Lake Victoria to bring goods into the country especially through Kityerera Sub County in Mayuge District. We have informers but the Lake is so big that we cannot cover the vast waters," he said

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