Southern Sudan joins COMESA scheme

Southern Sudan joins COMESA scheme

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Stephen Doctor Matatia the Trade Director General Southern Sudan (left) exchanging documents with COMESA Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya in Mombasa. The country is now part of COMESA. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Mombasa, KENYA: Southern Sudan has joined the Regional Customs Transit Guarantee (RCTG) scheme under Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) .

This took place on Thursday during a congress meeting  of RCTG  chaired by COMESA Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya in Mombasa.

The RCTG popularly known as the CARNET is a customs transit regime designed to facilitate the movement of goods under customs seals in the COMESA region.

It eliminates the need for multiple bonds in different countries of transit with one custom bond.

The scheme was established in 2012 and involves countries in the Northern, Central, Tanzania and now Southern Sudan.

COMESA Secretary General  Sindiso Ngwenya said that The RCTG CARNET recorded encouraging achievements since its commencement of operations in 2012.

“I appreciate the contributions of Customs Administration, and other stakeholders for working with us for the last four years,”  said Ngwenya.

Stephen Doctor Matatia the Trade Director General in Southern Sudan said he was happy his country had joined the scheme and they will be on the fast lane to facilitate on the scheme.

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Two other countries namely, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo are expected to commence operations of the RCTG in May and June this year respectively.

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