Chad migrates to latest version of Harmonized System

The customs administration of Chad has migrated to the latest version of the Harmonised System (HS), thereby completing the procedure of migrating the national tariff to the HS 2017 version of the CEMAC CET.

 According to a statement by the World Customs Organisation (WCO), Chad disclosed at a workshop conducted by WCO on technical assistance on the implementation of the Harmonized System (HS) with the Member states of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC), within the framework of the EU-WCO Programme for the HS in Africa in Chad, last week.

The workshop focused on the latest version of the HS and optimization of the process by which national tariff is migrated to new HS versions. Participants revisited various aspects of the implementation of the CEMAC Common External Tariff (CET) in Chad.

The workshop brought together a multidisciplinary team of specialists from across several departments of the Chad Customs administration involved in the management of the national tariff. Together with experts from Cameroun, Gabon, the Republic of the Congo, as well as the Secretariats of the CEMAC and the WCO who facilitated the workshop.

WCO noted that EU-WCO Programme for the HS in Africa and the CEMAC Secretariat will further work in supporting CEMAC Member states with capacity building and enhancing tariff infrastructure.

The workshop demonstrated the strengthening of regional cooperation of the CEMAC Members with regard to tariff matters and growing recognition of the importance to ensure Community-wide coordination when it comes to the implementation of the HS. Aligning the CEMAC CET and national tariffs of the CEMAC Members to the latest version of the HS is seen as an increasingly indispensable consideration with the entry into force of the African Continental Free Trade Area.

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