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Gov’t plans to introduce Single Customs Territory system

Author : Tethluach Yong | Published: Thursday, October 22, 2015

South Sudan will send two custom officers to Kenya this month to establish the Single Customs Territory, an official has said.

The system means that goods will be taxed in Mombasa and shall never be taxed again at any border point until they arrive at their final destination.

The territory include South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, and Ethiopia, which are members of the Northern Corridor Project.

The National Coordinator for the Northern Corridor Project, Hon. Mangar Amerdit, told Eye Radio that the system will remove multiple checkpoints.

“When that happens, all the goods coming to South Sudan will be cleared in the port of Mombasa. You have your receipt and then the container will leave from Mombasa straight to Juba,” Hon Amerdit said.

“For example, if you reach Malaba, which is another checkpoint for customs and all taxation, then you show your receipts that you have cleared your goods, and if you reach Nimule, you show your receipts until you reach Juba.”

Hon. Amerdit says the system also provides for an electronic system to track traders who evade taxes.

The coordinator told Eye Radio that the President has directed customs officials to buy the equipment require for tracking imports.

As part of the Northern Corridor project, Hon Amerdit says South Sudan will also benefit from a highway that is connecting Eastern Equatoria to the ports of Lamu and Mombasa.

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