Mozambique: Non-intrusive inspection of goods arrives at ports of Beira and Nacala

23 October 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 23 Oct – The use of scanners to inspect goods at the ports of Beira and Nacala in Mozambique is due to be implemented by the end of the year, said the president of the Mozambican Tax Authority, Rosário Fernandes in Maputo.

At a press conference on the result of a recent working visit by a team to the provinces of Niassa, Cabo Delgado and Nampula, Fernandes noted that as Mozambique was deputy president of the World Customs Organisation (WCO), there was a need to lead the way in terms of complying with the organisation’s provisions.

As well as that, he said, “opening up the market to the free circulation of people and goods requires the country to gradually create security mechanisms.”

The process, which began in 2004 with the installation of the equipment in the port of Maputo, will also equip the airports of Maputo, Beira and Nampula and, later other cargo entry and exit points as necessary.

Installing scanners at the port of Maputo led to controversy amongst users, namely the Confederation of Economic Associations, which doe snot agree with costs to importers for use of the new equipment.

In the CTA’s opinion the new system could, in the medium term, have a negative impact on the quantity of cargo handled through the port and, in the long term, on inflation itself, as importing essential goods may become more expensive. (macauhub)