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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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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
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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
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Follow developments and more information on:

THE LESOTHO TRADE PORTAL

www.lesothotradeportal.org.ls

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