Launch of the One Stop Border Post Performance Measurement Tool

The EAC unveiled the One Stop Border Post Performance Measurement Tool during the opening session of the 14th African Union High Level Private Sector Forum that took place in Nairobi, Kenya in July 2023. OSPBs is an important infrastructure at border crossing points and contributes to spur intra-regional trade by reducing the costs of doing business through reduction of time and costs taken to cross borders. Further, OSBPs eliminate multiplicity of documentation associated with two-stop border posts’ bureaucracies.

The OSBP Performance Measurement Tool will involve a range of measurements including time spent on administrative procedures, reduction of transport costs, reduction of inventory costs, and an increase in revenue collection and trade. Customs administrators in the EAC region will use the data generated by the measurement tool to assess OSBP performance and institute improvement strategies.  Specifically, the tool has been developed to provide the necessary mechanism to measure the performance of OSBPs on six fronts, namely: Time, Cost, Volume/ Throughput, Infrastructure, Inter-Agency Coordination and User Satisfaction. This will enable the personnel to collect and analyze data in real-time, giving up-to-date performance rates, including wait times, clearance processes, and trade flows which will enable the partner states to promptly identify bottlenecks and any other issues, therefore facilitating quicker decision-making and effective resource allocation.

The OSBP Measurement Tool is one of measures that has been introduced to improve overall trade facilitation and business environment. Other measures include the implementation of the Single Customs Territory (SCT) and the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Scheme, which offers priority clearance of goods for trusted operators.

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