Liberia launches electronic tariff platform

The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has launched a national electronic tariff platform, implemented within the framework of the EU-WCO Programme for the Harmonized System in Africa (HS-Africa Programme).

Commissioner General of LRA Doe Nah stressed that the new platform would contribute to the automation and digitalization of processes at the LRA and pointed out that the initiative would enhance the efficiency of the LRA in how it delivered services to stakeholders.

He recalled the ongoing transformation of the revenue system in Liberia emphasizing that the e-tariff platform was an important achievement in the context of this process, contributing to modernization of services across the country.

Speaking at the event, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, Director-General of World Customs Organisation (WCO), expressed his appreciation of the fact that in Liberia the intention of having an e-tariff platform transformed into reality within a rather short time period.

He stressed that the emergence of electronic tariff platforms was a major development, which would facilitate the implementation of the Harmonized System by the WCO Members States and also support Regional Economic Communities in Africa in tariff-related work. He reiterated that the WCO would be delighted to continue this cooperation with the LRA and African members and partners, thanks to the sustained and comprehensive support from the European Union in the context of the HS-Africa Programme.

Ambassador Laurent Delahousse, Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Liberia, stressed that he was particularly satisfied to see the continued cooperation between the EU and the WCO, which was bringing good results. He recognized the key role of the LRA and the Ministry of Finance as organizations in charge of issues that were critical for society. He underlined that the EU had excellent relations with the Ministry of Finance and the LRA and would be glad to continue providing the necessary support. He welcomed the streamlining of the tariff management, which would benefit all actors, in particular, those involved in international trade.

Other speakers at the event stressed that the initiative would bring Liberia into a better alignment with international standards enshrined in the instruments of the WCO, the WTO and the AfCFTA. The launch event was preceded by a series of workshops benefiting Customs officials and private sector stakeholders. In conclusion of the ceremony, the electronic tariff platform was made fully operational and went live on the LRA website.

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