Government of Angola establishes the status of Authorised Economic Operator

30 April 2019

Twenty major import and export companies from Angola will be designated as Authorised Economic Operators (OAS), the director of the Customs Services of the General Tax Administration (AGT) announced in Luanda.

Garcia Afonso said that the OAS, a customs status established for non-taxpayers, is a mechanism to facilitate trade by simplifying customs procedures and reducing non-tariff barriers to international trade.

The OAS programme, which was approved by Presidential Decree 293/18, of 3 December, calls for a focus on speed, with expedited handling of all customs dispatches submitted to the AGT by duly certified operators for customs clearance of imported goods.

Afonso, quoted by daily newspaper Jornal de Angola, also said that as the programme gains capacity, small and medium-sized companies from different sectors will be included, “but these will be withdrawn from the programme if they are consistent re-offenders in their infractions.”

The procedure will be open and voluntary and the companies concerned must comply with admission requirements, specifically adequate administrative organisation, organised accounts, up to date tax payments and no disciplinary or sanctioning measures equivalent to a prison sentence of more than one year. (Macauhub)