Deployment of SIGMAT: Meeting of Customs Directors General of the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor

On June 24 and 25, 2024, Lomé, the capital of Togo, hosted a crucial meeting of the Directors General of Customs from the member states of the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor (Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, and Togo). This meeting, focused on the deployment of the Interconnected Transit Goods Management System (SIGMAT), was held under the auspices of the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme Task Force. Placed within the framework of implementing the recommendations from the high-level ministerial meeting held in Cotonou in October 2023, this event aimed to explore solutions to overcome…

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African Ministers exclude trade of second-hand clothes under the AfCFTA preferential rules

On June 1, 2023 during the second Ministerial Retreat of the AfCFTA Council of Ministers, held in Nairobi, Kenya, a decision was adopted that prevents second-hand clothes from being traded across the continent under the preferences of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The purpose of this measure is to exclude second-hand clothes from preferential trade under the AfCFTA rules (i.e., in exemption of customs duties), so to encourage value-addition and industrialisation in Africa. This decision has been compared on many press and media sources with a previous initiative adopted in the East African Community (EAC). But it is not the same thing. In 2015, the EAC Heads…

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Egypt : Webb Fontaine rolls out Integrated Risk Management System

This new development will pave the way for the efficient digitalization of Customs procedures across the country Webb Fontaine, one of the leading providers of AI-powered trade technology and Customs facilitation solutions to governments and trade administrations around the world, has launched the advanced Integrated Risk Management (IRM) service in Egypt in partnership with Misr Technology Services (MTS) representing the government of Egypt.     This new development will pave the way for the efficient digitalization of Customs procedures across the country. In Egypt, after the successful implementation of the…

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Webb Fontaine Awarded Contract with Benin Government for Implementation of New Customs System in Replacement of ASYCUDA World

The project strengthens Webb Fontaine’s long-standing partnership with Benin Government, who has ambitions to expand and develop into one of the region’s most technologically advanced trade environments DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, July 26, 2022/APO Group/ –Webb Fontaine (https://WebbFontaine.com/), a leading provider of advanced and innovative trade and Customs services, has announced it’s Customs Webb solution has been chosen by Benin as their new Customs system, in replacement of ASYCUDA World. The project strengthens Webb Fontaine’s long-standing partnership with Benin Government, who has ambitions to expand and develop into one of…

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Africa Road Builders: Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan wins the 2022 Babacar Ndiaye Trophy for transport success

The prize is awarded to leading figures in Africa who have demonstrated their commitment to the development of transport infrastructure on the continent Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has been named the 2022 winner of the Africa Road Builders–Babacar Ndiaye Trophy. The prize is awarded to leading figures in Africa who have demonstrated their commitment to the development of transport infrastructure on the continent. The selection committee for the award commended Hassan for her “personal leadership, huge investments and commitment” to extending roads and the railway network in Tanzania. “We…

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TANZANIA PRESIDENT REAFFIRMS HER COMMITMENT TO MODERNIZING CUSTOMS

On 17 February 2022, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO), met with H.E. Ms. Samia Suluhu Hassan, President of Tanzania, on the occasion of her visit to Brussels. During their bilateral discussions, the President expressed her appreciation for the WCO’s support with the process of modernizing the Tanzania Customs Administration and sought further advice on the way forward. Secretary General Mikuriya responded by stressing the importance of having Customs administrations implement international standards. WCO instruments such as the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) and Harmonized System…

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BOLLORE TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS AWARDED TOP CUSTOMS CLEARING COMPANY BY UGANDA REVENU AUTHORITY

Bolloré Transport & Logistics has been named the Top Customs Clearing Agent for the year 2021 by the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) during an event hosted by URA at Speke Resort in Munyonyo.   This Award recognises Bolloré Transport & Logistics as a top revenue mobilizer through the submission of 20,893 customs declarations made on behalf of its clients in 2021 that allowed to realize 645,115,822,092 Ugx (160,916,000€) in taxes on behalf of the Uganda Government. It also applauds Bolloré Transport & Logistics for managing its operations in a fully…

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SHIPPERS’ AUTHORITY EYES BOOST IN TRANSIT TRADE AS IT SHELTERS TRUCK DRIVERS

The perineal transit truck congestion at the Elubo border and the haphazard parking of cargo trucks in the Jomoro Municipal Assembly has become a thing of the past with the construction of the Elubo Freight Park. The project which was initiated and funded by the Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) with support from the Jomoro Municipal Assembly was commissioned on Friday, January 28, 2022. The ultra-modern facility aims to make the nation’s western transit corridor attractive to businesses and individuals who haul goods between Ghana and La Cote d’Ivoire and beyond…

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