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Customs Modernisation Programme. Lesotho Traders. Presentation Purpose. To explain the Customs Modernisation Programme Background and basis for changes Trade impact The programme technically Implementation . Basis of CMP. GOALS To increase the revenue collection

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Customs modernisation programme

Customs Modernisation Programme

Lesotho Traders


Presentation purpose

Presentation Purpose

  • To explain the Customs Modernisation Programme

    • Background and basis for changes

    • Trade impact

    • The programme technically

    • Implementation


Basis of cmp

Basis of CMP

  • GOALS

    • To increase the revenue collection

    • To reduce the cost of collection

    • To reduce the costs for Border Users

  • The adoption of international and regional Standards for revenue Collection and trade facilitation.

    • WCO - Revised Kyoto Convention

    • WTO - Agreement on Trade Facilitation

    • SACU


Basis of cmp1

Basis of CMP

  • Overall LRA Strategy

    • To provide consistent and transparent procedures for trade

    • to maximise revenue and provide service to Stakeholders

    • to adopt a transparent Single Trader Approach

    • encourage and provide benefits for compliant trade

    • to protect legitimate trade

    • to make extensive use of computerisation and modern technology


The programme

The Programme

Specifically to reduce the costs for border users through:

  • The computerization of all appropriate import, export and payment/accounting. WTO

  • The simplification of procedures, systems and documentation. WCO/WTO

  • The establishment of a transparent trade portal. WTO

  • The introduction of an effective guarantee system. WCO/WTO

  • The adoption of risk management. WTO


The programme1

The Programme

  • The introduction of advanced information. WCO/WTO

  • The introduction of a preferred trader scheme. WCO/WTO

  • The deployment of non intrusive inspection Scanners WTO

  • To maximize the commonality of procedures with those proposed by the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and South Africa Revenue Service (SARS) SACU


The programme2

The Programme

  • Established September 2012

  • Phase 1 – research and development

  • Phase 2.1 Development

  • Phase 2.2 Implementation Preparation

  • Phase 3.1 Implementation of basic procedures

  • Phase 3.2 Implementation of advance procedures

  • Completion by April 2016


Programme developments

Programme Developments

  • Launch of the Lesotho Business Partnership 2012

  • Launch of the Lesotho Trade Portal 2014

  • Pilot Preferred Trader Scheme (ended March 2014)


New procedures requirements

New Procedures Requirements

  • The electronic submission of all commercial declarations

  • The electronic submission of supporting documentation

  • Advanced information required before arrival of consignments

  • Electronic management of deferment accounts

  • Segregation of clearance and inspection

  • Application of administrative penalties


New procedural outcomes benefits for trade

New Procedural Outcomes/Benefits for Trade

  • Intra SACU/extra SACU clearance at point of entry

  • Consistent transparent procedures

  • Advanced Clearance

  • Immediate release on arrival

  • Electronic management of queries


Future developments

Future Developments

The introduction of advanced procedures (From July 2015)

  • Review of all deferment accounts

  • Introduction of bank guarantees

  • Expanding payment methodologies and reducing cash handling at frontiers

  • Move to single clearance centre and closure of state warehouse as clearance centre.

  • Introduction of inland clearance

  • Extending the Preferred Trader Scheme

  • Introduction of new non-commercial procedures


Moving forward

Moving forward

  • Pilot at Maputsoe Bridge

  • Roll out to Maseru region by April 2015

  • Move to central clearance by September 2015

  • Introduction of advanced procedures, from July 2015


Immediate activity

Immediate activity

  • Communications Programme for Trade from 6.5.2014

  • Completion of Trader registration (TIN)

  • Registration of importers and exporters for ASYCUDA World from1.6.2014(Initial priority Maputsoe Bridge)

  • Trader education programme from1.6.2014

  • Connection of users to ASYCUDA World

  • Pilot at Maputsoe Bridge


Customs modernisation programme

Follow developments and more information on:

THE LESOTHO TRADE PORTAL

www.lesothotradeportal.org.ls


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