The Minister of Trade and Industry Kuol Athian Mawien said the ministry plans to form an anti-smuggling committee to stop the illegal export of goods.
Speaking during the fifth day of the National Economic Conference, Kuol said, “When you go to Nimule you will get cars full of dry fish being exported outside.”
“The fish are being smuggled at night; being smuggled to Uganda, Congo and even cattle are being escorted at night, and the government is not benefiting from it,” he said.
“We are going to form a committee ‘anti-smuggling of goods at night’ so that this will help in stopping the smuggling of goods at night,” Kuol added.
Last year 2022, the Undersecretary in the Ministry of Trade, Mary Akech, said most of the goods are being smuggled at night when the staff are off duty.
“All the international borders are working 24 hours while our national border is working only for 8 or maybe 9 hours and the remaining period, there is dirty business taking place,” she said as quoted by Eye Radio.
Mary continued, “All the smuggling is happening at night, our roads are busier at night than in the daytime. So the time that the business is busy, our employees are sleeping.”
South Sudan is known to be rich in oil that contributes 90 per cent of its revenue but non-oil revenue sources are not yet tapped.
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