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Beira evaluates SeW performance

Beira evaluates SeW performance

15 November 2012

The Customs of Mozambique in Sofala province, specifically the Port of Beira, organized on the 15th of November, a workshop with the aim of collecting inputs with regards to aspects relevant to the successful implementation of the Single Electronic Window system.

The Port of Beira has been benefiting from the features of this system since May 2012 and very recently, on September 1st, similarly to other places, it has begun to use the new clearance tool for goods by road and air borders.

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Chaired by the provincial director of Customs, Jeronimo Lopes, the meeting was attended by over 60 representatives from the private sector, including importers, customs brokers, shipping agents and commercial banks actively participating in the SeW.

As for the banks, Jeronimo Lopes appealed for the need for greater commitment to comply with the requirements of the system and the achievement of the objectives set by the Government.

Great focus was given during the presentation made to the participants by the project manager, Guilherme Mambo, on the system functionalities related to the module for the road, whose implementation began on 15 September.

During his speech, Guilherme Mambo highlighted the fact that, in the SeW, the responsibility to carry the declaration of the load in the system belongs to the importer through his or her agent, ensuring that information is introduced in time for the creation of the road manifest with minimal risk errors, before loading reaches this border and /or cargo terminal.

"Each player must play his or her role to ensure the rapid clearance of cargo, because the system itself, although it is ideal for trade facilitation and reduction of clearance time, it lacks the proper use so that all can experiment its benefits", explained the project manager.

Issues related to delays in granting access to auxiliary agents, delays in the payment of taxes and fees from the bank; payments involving bonds and accounting notes; application for inclusion in the alert systems to the questionnaires issued by Customs; possibility of quick inclusion of other parts involved in importing vehicles and management of exemptions and certificates whose schedule provides for a second phase of implementation, were raised by participants during the meeting and that were answered by the project manager.