Trade Facilitation: Comoros customs trains its officers on the Revised Kyoto Convention.

29-04-2019 12:42
Sessions of explanation to the agents of the customs began since Monday, April 16th in the various customs centers of the country. The Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC), adopted in 1999 and brought into force in 2006, contains provisions and dozens of harmonized standards, which aims to simplify customs procedures in Africa and around the world. Comoros is in the process of adapting the provisions of the CKR to the relevant national legislation and will deposit the instrument of accession next June at the headquarters of the World Customs Organization (WCO) .

The workshops on the revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) started on Monday (April 16th) in the Comoros customs centers. The technicians organized explanatory sessions at the customs centers of Hahaya and Moroni port.

Carried by the World Customs Organization (WCO), the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) includes principles to be enforced, provisions to be put in place and standards to be shared (121 in total) for a better simplification of procedures and harmonization of customs procedures. The customs administrations of the African continent are working to transpose the provisions of the CKR on their national legislations.

This awareness campaign follows the technical workshop which as in Moroni on 22nd February. Ratification of this convention remains a prerequisite for Comoros to join the World Trade Organization (WTO). The Director General of Customs had announced a plan of action which consisted, on the one hand, of making the customs officers aware of this Convention and, on the other, of drafting the necessary texts which will make it possible to adapt the provisions not yet covered by the RKC at the level of national legislation, and vice versa. "The tools of this convention must be mastered by customs officers and our partners, everyone must be at the same level of information," said Souef Kamalidini.

The revised Kyoto Convention aims at "the simplification and harmonization of customs procedures" in the context of trade facilitation. In the general annex and specific annexes, there are many principles such as "standardization and simplification of goods declarations and supporting documents" or "the use of risk management and controls based on audits ", among others. This convention is already ratified by many countries. It has linked with the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). Comoros will send the instrument of accession to this Convention on the occasion of the WCO Council scheduled for next June in Brussels.

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