Port of Beira in Mozambique to have single electronic window

17 April 2012

A single electronic processing window will soon be installed in the port of Beira in the scope of reforms introduced by the Mozambican Tax Authority to speed the clearance of merchandise through customs, reports the Maputo-based daily Notícias.

The single window system will also be installed in the economic centres of Tete and Nacala this coming 1 May, project director Romano Manhique said, cited by the newspaper. He added that “the current practice of paying clearance costs to the cashier at customs posts and having to transport those amounts to the nearest bank, with all the inherent risks, will become a thing of the past”.

The facilities for the unit’s head office in Beira have been renovated for the new services and the necessary communications equipment installed.

Preparations are also under way in Tete and Nacala to install the service, which should be finished in time to be inaugurated on 1 May.

One of the goals of the single electronic window project is to help cut customs clearance times from 48 to 24 hours or less, with a basic concept of minimum paper use to increase customs duty collection capabilities. (macauhub)