Use of non-intrusive inspection equipment important for customs

Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali

The World Customs Organisation (WCO) has pointed out that risk management and the use of non-Intrusive inspections equipment are very important for customs administration to address some of the challenges that have emerged as result of the exponential growth of e-commerce.

The WCO noted that it is working closer with customs administrations globally to ensure that they are able to better manage challenges and opportunities which emerged as result of the growing volume of cross border e-commerce goods.

This was disclosed by the Director, Compliance and Procedures, WCO, Ms. Ana Hinojosa at the Africa e-commerce week event recently held in Kenya, Nairobi.

Hinojosa provided a detailed explanation on the concept and rationale for de minimus thresholds, and emphasized that WCO members must make a thorough economic impact study to be able to accurately assess the appropriate level of de minimus threshold for their respective country.

During the second day of the conference participants had the opportunity to welcome Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of the Republic of Kenya. With a special presence of the UNCTAD Secretary-General, Mr. Mukhisa Kituyi, the Vice – President, and the European Commissioner for Digital Single Market and Vice President of the European Commission, Mr. Andrus Ansip, respectively, and other entities,

Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta called on Africa to play its part in shaping international rule-making on e-commerce and the digital economy recognizing that e-commerce is growing globally.

The objective of the event was to bring together a multiplicity of actors, including senior government representatives, private sector, civil society and international organizations for a full week dialogue on e-commerce, with a great focus for the African continent.

Under the theme “Empowering African Economies in the Digital Era”, the Africa e-Commerce Week, inter alia, discussed and examined ways to strengthen the ability of African countries to engage in and benefit from the exponential growth of e-commerce worldwide and the evolving digital economy.

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