By Azania Post Reporter
THE Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) has started initiatives to recruit new customs agency who will operate for a period of one-year effective next year, the management has said.
Already the authority has shortlisted more than 200 companies which applied for customs agency for the year 2018.
According to the Acting Commissioner for Customs and Excise, Ben Usaje, the owners of shortlisted companies were invited to an interview to be conducted in Dar es Salaam on Saturday this week
In exercising the powers conferred upon him by the East African Community Customs Management Act 2004 the Commissioner for Customs and Excise has short-listed the said applicants for interview of Customs Agency License to be conducted on 30thDecember, 2017 at the Institute of Tax Administration (ITA), in Dar es Salaam.
With support from the Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF), TRA has modernized its customs administration procedures in order to reduce the costs of importing and exporting goods whilst improving customs efficiency, transparency, and risk management.
Central to this modernization is a new customs administration system called the Tanzania Customs Integrated System (TANCIS). It is an electronic platform that brings together all the players involved in the importing, exporting and clearing of goods through a single window system.
Rolled out in March 2014, TANCIS enables importers and exporters to electronically submit all the necessary documentation for processing pre-clearance, clearance and release of goods. It also allows regulatory agencies to provide approvals of these documents directly through the system. TANCIS has streamlined processes and procedures resulting in the reduction of certain operational functions such as enforcement, amendment requests, post clearance audit procedures and auction of overstayed goods.
Simplicity, transparency and efficiency are among the key characteristics of TANCIS. The system is now facilitating the exchange of accurate and timely information, speedy clearance of goods and helping to reduce the costs and time of doing business in Tanzania.
To date, the system has been rolled out to the key players involved in the clearing of import and export goods in 13 regions across Tanzania. These include TRA regional offices, Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA), Tanzania Shipping Agents Association (TASAA), Tanzania Freight Forwarders Association (TAFFA), Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS), Tanzania Food and Drugs Association (TFDA), and Bank of Tanzania (BOT).