15.03.2016

Country with lack of authorized economic operators

Through the Directorate General of Customs (DGA), the CTA and the Tax Authority of Mozambique (AT) organised training workshops on the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) on March 2 and 3 in Maputo.
The seminar was attended by staff of the AT/DGA, the Chamber of Customs Agents and Authorized Economic Operators, among others, and was guided by the international consultant, Tom Hempenstal, who spoke about some of the benefits of this platform, stressing “the accelerated electronic customs clearance, the ease of obtaining customs simplifications, the reduced levels of control by the customs and the best relationship with customs and government authorities.”
On behalf of the CTA, the figure responsible for Tax Policy, Customs and International Trade, Kekobad Patel, said that to obtain the AEO certificate, “It is necessary that the economic operator meets a series of requirements so that he has a preference and a form of privileged treatment in customs clearance.”
However, despite the fact that the AEO is provided by national legislation since 2012, there are few economic operators registered in Mozambique, as Patel underlined, explaining then that “this workshop aims to understand our present situation and what we should do to improve these indices so that economic actors in the country have more possibility to improve the customs clearance process through this, planned not only in our legal framework but also internationally.”
For the director of Normalization and Procedures Customs of the DGA, Joaquim Macuácua, the aim of the seminar is also the “harmonization of procedures with regard to the eligibility of the AEO for their licensing, in a harmonized way with the legislation.”
Macuácua also announced during the event that the greater the number of AEOs, the more benefits for the country in that in addition to reducing risks, there are attractive benefits for these operators compared to those who are not involved.
(Source: Fim de Semana – FDS)