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Plans are underway to enhance single customs territory

28 May 2014, 14:42

Nairobi - There is need to build capacity and enhance sensitization programmes to enhance the operation of an East African Community Single Customs Territory.

This is according to the Report of the Committee on Communication, Trade and Investments on the Single Customs Territory (SCT) which has been adopted by the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).

A statement by the EAC Secretariat said that the report urged the Assembly to keep track of the progress of the SCT and to liaise closely with stakeholders to determine the legal instruments necessary for its effective operationalization.

“The Report of the on-spot assessment which took place in Mombasa in February 2014 is upbeat that the customs initiative needs to be strengthened and monitored to achieve the desired results,” said the report the Committee on Communication, Trade and Investments prepared.

Under the SCT arrangement, the EAC Partner States shall adopt a destination model of clearance of imports whereby the assessment and collection of tax revenues on such consignments will be done at the first point of entry.

This allows for free circulation of goods within the single EAC market, with variations to accommodate exports from one Partner State to another.

In that regard, Customs administrations in destination Partner States retain control over the assessment of taxes.

 – CAJ News

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