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Customs & Trade Facilitation

The Customs and Trade Facilitation Programs’ main objective is to remove non tariff barriers to trade and reduction of the cost of doing business along the Northern Corridor. The program promotes the implementation of international and regional treaties, laws and agreements geared towards trade and transport facilitation.

The work of the Customs and Trade Facilitation Program is geared towards promoting compliance with the Northern Corridor Transit Agreement in the areas of;

  • Simplification, rationalization, harmonization, standardization and modernization of trade business processes and documentation;
  • Rationalization and minimization of trade transaction costs;
  • Promotion of private sector participation in policy formulation and implementation of activities relating to trade and transport facilitation;
  • Improving industry service standards and encouraging self regulation; and
  • Harnessing ICTs towards a smart Corridor.

As well as contribute immensely to the realization of the following two strategic Objectives as outlined in the Northern Corridor 2012 -2016 Strategy;

  1. SO3:         Harmonization and Streamlining of policies and legal framework for transport and Trade facilitation
  2. SO4:         Enhanced knowledge management and Capacity Building

In line with the TTCA's strategic objectives, the Customs and Trade Facilitation Program focuses on providing facilitation guidelines in the following key areas:

  • Transit Routes:
    The Northern Corridor transport network is interconnected through several entry and exit points between the Port of Mombasa in Kenya and the landlocked countries of the Great Lakes Region ... 
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  • Transit Controls:
    Transit controls are generally implemented to ensure compliance with national Customs legislation and regulations. The Northern Corridor Transit Transport Coordination Authority plays a vital role in harmonising and simplifying procedures necessary to facilitate the smooth flow of goods within the region ... read more
  • Transit Documents: 
    Transit goods have to be covered by appropriate clearing documents like any other consignments loaded or off-loaded at the port, or passing through border points... read more
  • Transit Bond: 
    Customs duties are not imposed on goods-in-transit. Nevertheless, shippers are required to execute Customs Transit Bonds in the transit country... read more
  • Transit Monitoring: 
    Customs authorities in the transit countries have introduced transit monitoring measures in order to prevent diversion of some of the goods in transit into the local market... read more
  • ICT Solutions:
    With increasing globalisation hastened by advancements in business technologies, it is imperative that the major service providers embrace information technologies solutions in order to enhance transit transport.. read more
  • Licensing: 
    Northern Corridor countries are supposed to recognize truck operator licences issued to transit carriers by the licensing authority of the country of origin... read more

Key Highlights of the Expected Outputs

The key highlights of the realised and expected outputs for the Customs and Trade Facilitation Program during are;

  • Implementation of CD-COM –a regional goods declaration document  in all Northern Corridor Member States
  • Survey of the entire Northern Corridor Routes,  coordinate removal of identified challenges and implantation of all recommendation proposed in the concluded surveys of the Mombasa –Malaba & Kisumu- Kampala-Mpondwe – Gatuna sections of the corridor
  • Publish and Educate stakeholders on Inco-terms and their appropriate use and applications in trade
  • Establishment and strengthening National Trade and Transport Facilitation Committees  in all member states
  • With regards to development and enhancing use of ICTs, the program will close follow-up and advocate modernization of customs system, port automations as well as implementation of Electronic Single Window